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Are Friends Electric? \;is a group art exhibiti on curated by the \;Manual History Machines \; dispersed b etween two locations as \;Act I \;and \;Act II. \;Act I \;is presented as a \;Curators Lab Exhi bition \;at \;Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) \;in Chinatown\, Los Angeles from January 18 - March 21\, 2014.&nbs p\; Opening just a few days later\, \;Act II \;will be on view in the Peggy Phelps Gallery and East Gallery at Claremont Grad uate University from January 21 - February 6th\, 2014. Both exhibi tions present works from the same group of artists\, pushing our modes of p erception and ability to relate to the artists' works. \;

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The work selected for this exhibition hesitates towards a techno logy-driven frenetic future\, addresses feelings of isolation and makes tra nsparent the nature of shifting meanings through context/positioning. The e xhibition title\, \;Are Friends Electric? Is taken from Gary N uman&rsquo\;s iconic song\, whose lyrics verge on fear of loneliness amid t he appearance of friendly entities. In reflection of our truly complicated relationship with what it means to be &ldquo\;social&rdquo\; today\, artist s continue to forge\, perhaps even more fastidiously now\, personal identit ies in their practices despite the reality of shrinking &ldquo\;private&rdq uo\; and [truly] &ldquo\;public&rdquo\; spaces. New forms of &ldquo\;social spaces&rdquo\; allow for one kind of collectivity\, but marginalize a more analog communion between individuals. Laden with aesthetic self-identifier s\, each work serves as a beacon for the thoughts\, ideals\, and intuitions of the artist. When this work is brought together\, what new meanings take place? In collectivity\, can anxiety about the future be temporarily subsi ded\, helpfully articulated or possibly - exacerbated? Seen as a synecdoche \, \;Are Friends Electric? \;focuses both on each individu al artist as well as the collective formation of both exhibitions. \;Th e exhibitions seek to create a dialogue through a theatrically staged insta llation of video\, photography\, painting and sculpture. \;

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Are Friends Electric? \;was organized by LA-based artist collective\, Manual History Machines with generous support through \;Fellows of Contemporary Art Curators Lab. < em>Act Iwill be on view from January 18th - March 21st\, 2014 at \ ;FOCA&rsquo\;s \;exhibition space located at 970 N. Broadway\, Suite 20 8 Los Angeles\, CA 90012. Hours of operation: 10am-5pm/Tuesday through Frid ay. Opening reception for Act I is on Saturday\, January 18th\, 20 14 from 6-9pm. Catalog release with text by David Pagel accompanied by Arti st Talk- date TBA. \;

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Are Friends Electric? Act II \;will be on view from January 21st  \;&ndash\; February 6th \;at the Peggy Phelps and East Gallery\, \;Claremont Graduate University\, loca ted at 251 E. Tenth Street\, Claremont\, CA 91711. Hours of operation: 10am -5pm/ Monday through Friday. Opening Reception for Act II is on Tuesday Jan uary 21st from 6-9pm.

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For more information\, visit: www.manualhistorymachines.tumblr .com/

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Or email: manualhistorymachines@gmail.com

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