In COLLISION1101:superartificial, the thirteenth COLLISIONcollective group show of new work, we explore the lingering role superstition plays in art and technology. In formal terms, superstition is the belief in powers or events that stand outside the "natural". Often pejoratively applied to the beliefs of others, the term has taken on a negative connotation in our culture. It evokes an irrational clinging to the past and a failure to embrace revealed truths. Far from being banished by the rationalism inherent in science and engineering, we observe that superstition is an innate coping mechanism of the human mind, one we bring with us to any circumstance. Superstition is a response to the unknown. As the sphere of human knowledge expands, its tangibility and comprehensibility to any one person diminishes. We also observe that it is not so much superstition that is under attack by the advance of human knowledge as our once self‐evident grasp of nature and the natural. Just as the supernatural depends upon the natural for its definition, so does the "super‐artificial" depend upon the artifacts of culture. With this show, we aim to open a dialog on the possibility of superstition's survival of the death of the natural, hiding now in the shadow of the artificial. As we assembled the show, common themes emerged: Mirrors and their associated curses to identity, the elusive pursuit or perfection, and the ongoing attempt to reconcile the disjointed worlds of the humanities and technology. We see this exhibition as a small part of the necessary process of teaching ourselves to live, as a society, with the technology we depend upon.
‐William Tremblay and jackbackrack