Landmark digital exhibition humansbeingdigital heads to The Lowry

An international exhibition of digital artworks that set out to provoke an emotional response from visitors opens at The Lowry this weekend.

By Steven Pankhurst | 14 November 2017

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humansbeingdigital is the latest project in The Lowry’s ever growing digital programme, which launched in 2015 with the exhibition Right Here, Right Now. Earlier this year, they held the world premiere of IRIS, a sound and laser installation in the void above the stalls in the venue’s Lyric Theatre.

To add to this, just last week, they announced a major digital work entitled Nervous by the Belgium artist Tom Dekyvere as part of the Week 53 festival set to take place in 2018.

humansbeingdigital runs from Saturday 18th November until Sunday 25th Feb 2018. There are eight artworks on display. They are:

  • Machine with hair caught in it by U_Joo&LimHeeYoung which seeks to draw attention to the uncomfortable relationship humans have with their appearance.
  • Backdoored by Nye Thompson which highlights the unsecure nature of millions of ‘security’ cameras across the world – by displaying ‘open’ feeds on the gallery wall.
  • Hipster Bar by Max Dovey a facial recognition-led work that scans would-be patrons faces for so-called ‘hipster qualities’ to promote belonging – or rejection – from a community.
  • Housewives Making Drugs by Mary Maggic, a satire TV cookery show imagining a future when trans people create their own hormones in their kitchen.
  • Apocalypse by Thomson and Craighead; the scent of ‘the end’ as described in The Book of Revelation presented as a high end perfumery product.
  • Nihil Ex Nihilo: The Dialogue by Felix Luque Sanchez – a large illuminated artwork that displays words and phrases trawled from junk emails.
  • Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot by Libby Heaney, an exploration of dating using scripts from the infamous romance novel and unwitting users of the ever-app.
  • Brain, Heart and Lungs by Pascal Haudressy – which focuses on the idea of movement, materiality and immateriality.


Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “humansbeingdigital brings together eight extraordinary works by leading artists in the digital field. Each piece remarkable in its own way, the universal quality is the emotional response they prompt from the viewer.”

Saturday 18 November 2017 – Sunday 25 February 2018
Admission: Free

The Lowry, Pier Eight, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000