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Be prepared to get in touch with your inner luddite at ASU Art Museum’s “The Garden in the Machine.” The exhibition title references The Machine in the Garden, a book from the 1960s that investigates the tension between pastoral ideals and technological advances in 20th century America. “The Garden in the Machine” explores how these ideas transpose to modern Chinese culture.
This exhibition marks the U.S. premiere of new work by Chinese video artists Cao Fei, Michael Leung, Xu Tan, Koki Tanaka, and Zhou Tao. Each week, the museum will screen a different video from one of these artists; visitors may use one of the smaller viewing stations in the gallery to see the remaining pieces.
“The Garden in the Machine” will be on view at the ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street, through Saturday, September 13. On Friday, July 18, the museum is screening Xu Tan’s Social Plants and Thought Spasm (2013). Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu or call 480-727-8170.