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Surveillance Art and Critical Social Practice

Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
FREE event, please register in advance

Edward Shanken.

How can artists push the limits of law, create public awareness, and contribute to the protection of privacy? Edward Shanken will address a broad range artworks that investigate this domain of critical social practice. His talk will focus on artists and artworks that deploy technological media to offer a critique of the data-gathering methods currently deployed by industry and government.

Edward A. Shanken writes and teaches about the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. Recent publications include essays on art and software, art historiography, sound art and ecology, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art. His books include Art and Electronic Media (Phaidon, 2009), Inventing the Future: Art – Electricity – New Media (2013), Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (University of California Press, 2003), and Systems (Whitechapel/MIT, 2015).

Reception to follow in the museum’s entry level plaza (in front of Sanctum)

This lecture is part of Surveillance & Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice, a multi-day symposium (November 20-22) focusing on the response of artists and cultural institutions to issues related to privacy and surveillance. Examining historical attitudes, contemporary perspectives, and prognostications about the future of privacy, the symposium will explore how changes in technology, law, and social practices intermingle and impact public perceptions and cultural behavior.

This lecture is free. Please register in advance HERE

The Henry gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Simpson Center for the Humanities for this program.

Edward Shanken.

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