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The Amplified Man Project Room
Adam Norton

Simon Hollington, Senior Lecturer at Central St Martin's College of Art, London, comments on Adam Norton's recent work -
'The Progress of the Amplified Human'

Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College London, has claimed that one of the single most important developments in human genetics was the bicycle. This may seem strange but according to Jones the bicycle has lead to the greater geographical distribution of the human gene pool than any other single invention. However, the bicycle did not just lead to sudden dispersal of the human gene pool amongst the newly industrialised working class. It could be considered to be the first and most efficient form of a "cyborg" in which a mechanical, non-biological enhancement truly made the human body far more effective. Human and machine traversing distance efficiently and effectively.

In "A Yearning for Yesterday: the Sociology of Nostalgia" Fred Davis writes, "Nostalgia is not merely the longing for the past, but a response to the conditions of the present", and in doing so questions previous concepts of nostalgia in a culture with its gaze theoretically set on the future. It can be argued that post-industrial societies are based on the myth and aesthetics of progress far more than on the ideal of progress itself. As our aesthetics of progress almost disappear into the far more abstract areas of quantum theory and bio-engineering, the promised mechanically-enhanced "Amplified Man" now appears rather dated. "Amplified Man" becomes a graspable solid symbol of science and science fiction, evoking an almost nostalgic response in the more nebulous era of DNA, genetic enhancement and nano-technology.

Adam Norton's "The Amplified Man" drawings can be seen to be a noting of these conditions, a rendering of science and technology, that owe more to 19th century engineering than they do to 21st century digitality. They remind us that nothing dates faster than our perceptions of the future.

Image above: Adam Norton

Matt Hinkley

Matt Hinkley's current exhibition JA! continues his interest in an expanded sense of minimalism in art and music. His meticulous, individually penciled boxes and 'poster' style format, re-presents his ongoing appreciation for the innovations developed in early graphic design techniques. Embedded within his seemingly simple and serial use of the word JA! are subtle differences and nuances which disrupt the continuity of repetition. His evocative and hypnotic use of tonal contrast graduations are inseparably graphic and textual and viewers simultaneously read the work and the actions performed in the process of it's becoming.
Liza Vasiliou 2004

Recent individual and group exhibitions include;

Recent individual and group exhibitions include;
"JA!" Clubs projects, Melbourne 2004
"safe from books and botany" TCB art inc, Melbourne 2003
"inverted topology" first draft, Sydney 2003

Image above: Matt Hinkley

Adam Norton

Adam Norton

Adam Norton