The first solo show of the artist’s work in a London public institution since 1989.
In 1964 Michael Craig-Martin read Marshal McLuhan's recently published Understanding Media, in which the author wrote 'technical change alters not only habits of life but patterns of thought and valuation'. Inspired by this message, Craig-Martin has spent his career exploring how technological developments have impacted human communication.
Featured are a series of his drawings capturing batteries, casettes, games consoles, black-and-white televisions, laptops and incandescent lightbulbs, the earliest created in 1981 – the same year that the first Personal Computer was made available. Featuring successive inventions, his work charts the seismic shift from analogue to digital technologies.