“With analog and digital technology I orchestrate tiny robotic figures, or automatons, and mix in other visual and interactive elements, such as projections and biomedical technology.” That is Drew Anderson and that is about art. Anderson, one of the five artists in The Soap Factory’s show, Art(ists) on the Verge 3, is like many young artists today, obsessed with technology. In fact, all the artists in the show explore how new technologies change the idea of creation and production or simply the way we think about and consume art. And they’re having a lot fun with it. Robots, video paintings, electromagnetic space—art is getting decidedly geeky.
Anderson will be on hand tonight to discuss his tiny technological world along with Michael Hoyt and Anthony Tran. Like Dada artist Francis Picabia’s machinist style or the Futurists’ sadistic embrace of new and destructive technologies, combining art and science makes weird things happen. Great things, but weird things. 3/30. 8 p.m. Free.
Soap Factory, 514 SE 2nd St., Mpls., 612-623-9176, soapfactory.org