Social Media meets the Middle Ages

Over in Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art has on show an exhibition of the work of Grayson Perry. Perry is a very modern artist who works in a wide variety of media, including painting and ceramics, poking fun at the shallowness of modern culture. He has also revived the medieval art of wall-hanging tapestry, producing some extremely large and colourfully wry works. It is not surprising that he even applies his social commentary to social media. One work, partly a parody of Van-Eyck and the annunciation images of the middle ages,  “The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal”, revolves around our infatuation with mega business deals and the latest technology. Notice the iPhone, the iPad, and the twin portraits of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates hanging on the wall. There is much more in the show – it is worth a visit if you are passing by.
[This post was written by my colleague Bob Doran]

from The Universal Machine


About driwatson
I'm a New Zealand author, computer scientist and blogger specialising in Artificial Intelligence. I also have an interest in the history of computing and have just written a popular science book called "The Universal Machine - from the dawn of computing to digital consciousness."

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