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Things come apart: The art of reordering things

This exhibition at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum explores the work of the Canadian artist Todd McLellan who has a passion for taking apart everyday technical objects, ordering them and photographing them. The photos created as a result of this process are art works that impress the viewer with their soberness and their austere simplicity. Enhanced by objects from the NHF, the 34 photos on show are being displayed for the first time in Europe.

For each new work, Todd McLellan dismantles the devices into their individual parts and then photographed twice - once in a precise arrangement, the second time in the apparent chaos of a free fall. In this way, a smartphone is both an aesthetic witness to our technologically highly sophisticated time and a symbol of the impermanence of material things.

Things come apart: The art of reordering things runs until 6 November 2017 at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

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HNF Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum GmbH

Ancient script tablets, historic typewriters and calculating machines, the first PCs or the latest developments in artificial intelligence: over an exhibition area of 6,000 square metres, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) in Paderborn presents the past, present and future of information technology, ranging from the origins of numbers and writing around 3,000 bc to the computer era of the 21st century.