Weaving human wisdom and intelligent technology together, Suchi Reddy's interactive artwork me+you is an emblem for a positive future of coexistence with technology.
Technology has brought us great knowledge, but it is our responsible use of that knowledge that matters. me+you is created through combined strengths, as an enduring cultural artifact of collective balance and a symbol for a future of coevolution.
Visitors are invited to speak a single word describing their future into the cloud base of me+you. The artwork reflects back a unique kinetic mandala as a reflection of the vision. Visitors' collective vision for the future is also displayed as a digital artifact at the center of the sculpture: a metaphor of balance between individual agency and collective responsibility.
Curated by Isolde Brielmaier, me+you will be on view in the rotunda of the Smithsonian's Arts + Industries Building as the centerpiece of the FUTURES exhibition, and marks Amazon Web Services' (AWS) first major contemporary art commission.
To allow everyone the opportunity to share their vision of the future with the world, the physical sculpture is accompanied by a digital experience designed by Hovercraft Studio, with music by Sacha Mendel.
Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building
The Arts + Industries Building (AIB) opened in 1881 as the country's first National Museum, an architectural icon in the heart of the National Mall. Its soaring halls introduced millions of Americans to wonders about to change the world—Edison's lightbulb, the first telephone, Apollo rockets. Dubbed the "Palace of Wonders" and "Mother of Museums," AIB incubated new Smithsonian museums for over 120 years before finally closing to the public in 2004. FUTURES is a milestone first step in the long-term plan to renovate and permanently reopen this landmark space.
Born and raised in Chennai, India, artist and architect Reddy immigrated to the United States at 18. Traveling the country and living, and working in eight states, Reddy developed a keen sense for the similarities and differences that bind communities together. Her artistic practice takes root in her architectural training with its expression as public sculpture and experiential work. She tackles issues of societal engagement using art and experience to create discourse around subjects with both local and global relevance. Her work engages material innovation and interactive technologies in the service of expressing ideas around the power of community.
In 2002, she founded her award-winning New York-based firm, Reddymade, with a human-centric approach to design, dedicated to celebrating diversity and equality, as well as addressing the economic, social, environmental, and cultural impacts of her work on both the user and the planet. Recipient of numerous awards, including the NYCxDesign award, AIA Brooklyn + Queens Award, AIA New York State Excelsior Award, and Interior Design's best of the year awards. Reddy sits on the board of the Design Trust for Public Space and Storefront for Art and Architecture. Recent and upcoming projects include collaborations with Google ("A Space For Being,"), Johns Hopkins and Muuto. In 2019, "X," her large-scale public artwork celebrating equality, diversity, and love, was installed in New York City's Times Square.