New Media Arts Center
Fine Art Complex 1101 is proud to present A Matter of Public Record: Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4th 7-9:30pm.
PRESS RELEASE: A Matter of Public Record: Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance is an exhibition that examines the many ways that we are watched, surveilled, datamined, and placed within an over-determined system of social control that relies on the multiplication of mechanisms of “capture”. Whether we are capturing ourselves in selfies, tagging our locations, using GPS supported apps for directions, or just passing through the expanded techniques associated with “societies of surveillance”, we must admit that we have entered a new age.
Resembling a hybrid vision of the imagined futures of Huxley and Orwell, it seems that we have been lulled into a kind of somatic state of passive acceptance to the growing infrastructures of both physical discipline and neo-panoptic power, i.e., the mechanisms associated with self-regulating techniques. As these networks continue to grow and reinforce the corporatization of mass incarceration, the ease-of-use associated with drone warfare and the militarization of policing practices, we find ourselves entering a new period of governance often referred to as the exercise of “Imperial Democracy”.
The artists in this show investigate both the transitive and intransitive meanings of the word “record.” This includes addressing the greater weight that now is given to practices of prescriptive profiling, predictive analytics, facial recognition software and the ever-expanding digital dossiers of big data. Each artist gives us their own unique response to the New World that we all must Brave less we become not just subjects who routinely internalize the conscriptions of state power, but rather, who are pictured as a growing statistical multitude
that has simply forgotten not to collude in our own coercion.
Artists in the show: Julie Anand, Christine Cassano, Adrian Jenik, Denis Gilllingwater, Steve Hampton, Ben Jackel, Brian Thomas Jones, Nathaniel Lewis, Ty Pownall, Sean Noyce, Rembrandt Quiballo, Chris Vena, Jennifer Celio.