A Roundtable Discussion of Agency in Surveilled Space: who is watching, who is being watched, who decides which spaces are visible to the camera and which are effectively invisible, off-limits to authorities.
The panelists will examine how engineers, artists, and activists intervene in surveillance systems to subvert, invert, and redefine these relationships, and how the principle of "sousveillance" - meaning surveillance from "below," or watching the watchers - applies.
It features artists and engineers who collaborate to produce software and hardware applications that access and visualize data usually obscured from public view; artists whose projects have questioned the rhetoric of surveillance by intervening more playfully in the expected aesthetics or power dynamics; and activists who monitor post-9/11 surveillance by intelligence agencies and its effects on immigrant and dissenting communities- The New School
Alexis Bhagat is a writer, sound artist and activist. He is the co-editor (with curator Gregory Gangemi) of Sound Generation, a collection of interviews with contemporary sound artists and composers (Autonomedia, 2007), and has organized concerts, discussions and "listening lounges" of sound art and phonographic work in New York (Aspects of Jupiter, 2004), Japan (Sound Art and the Street, 2002), Vermont (The Voice of Authority and the Soundscape of Unfettered Being, 2005) and Delhi, India (Sound Art in New York, 2006.)
Since 2002, he has been a director of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, a grant giving body supporting radical writers, and regularly writes a column On Words and Revolution for their journal, Perspectives.
Tad Hirsch is a researcher and PhD candidate in the Smart Cities Group at MIT's Media Lab, where his work focuses on the intersections between art, activism, and technology. He has worked with Intel's People and Practices Research Group, Motorola's Advanced Concepts Group and the Interaction Design Studio at Carnegie Mellon University, and has several years experience in the nonprofit sector.
Tad is also a frequent collaborator with the Institute for Applied Autonomy, an award-winning arts collective that exhibits throughout the United States and Europe. He publishes and lectures widely on a variety of topics concerning social aspects of technology, and has received several prestigious commissions and awards.
Tad holds degrees from Vassar College, Carnegie Mellon University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Anjana Malhotra is a human rights lawyer and former fellow with Human Rights Watch.
Jenny Marketou is a Brooklyn-based artist who works with video video installations, internet, performance, photography and public dialog. Her work is influenced by a varied amount of diverse music just as much as theories, art and new media technology. Her primary inspiration is in relationship with the multitude of readings that can be viewed in the cultural landscape in which she lives each time.
She was invited to represent Greece in the Sao Paulo Biennial, in Sao Paulo Brazil and in Manifesta 1, at Witte de With in Rotterdam. Currently her work has been exhibited at Anita Becker's Gallery in Frankfurt-Maine; 1st Biennial of Thessaloniki, Centre of Contemporary Art Greece; The Breeder Gallery in Athens; Laboral Centre for Art and Creative Industries Gijon, Spain; The Black Box/ARCO 06 in Madrid; ZKM,Centre for Art and New Media in Karlsruhe; Eyebeam Galleries ,New York,N.Y; The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston; The Krannert Art Museum, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; Sammlung Essl in Vienna; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in Germany; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, N.Y; Reina Sofia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid; The Edith Russ House for New Media in Oldenburg; Diverse Works in Houston, Texas among others.
Her videos have been featured in screenings at Art Video Lounge, Basel/Miami Beach 06 in Miami; LOOP Video Art 07, Barcelona; transmediale in Berlin; Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, Florida; Smart Project Space in Amsterdam; The Project Room, ArteBa, in Buenos Aeries, Argentina; Unlimited/Art Forum/Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland; Cologne Art Fair in Cologne, Germany.
Her collaborative web-based and public art projects have been commissioned by ZeroOne/ISEA 06 in San Jose ,CA; Cornehouse Gallery and FutureSonic01 , Festival in Manchester, UK; The Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada; DIE ZEIT German weekly and ART+ IDEA in Berlin, Germany . She has received awards and residencies from EYEBEAM ,New York; The Banff Centre for The Arts, Banff, Canada; the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; International ART/OMI, Hudson New York; Ateliers Hoherweg in Düsseldorf, Germany; MECAD in Barcelona, Spain;Institute for Studies in the Arts, ASU in Tempe, Arizona.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and she has been teaching as adjunct professor Photography and Interdisciplinary studio art at The Cooper Union School of Art and Science in New York City.
Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.
His work involves deliberately blurring the lines between social science, contemporary art, and a host of even more obscure disciplines in order to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to interpret the world around us. His most recent projects take up secret military bases, the California prison system, and the CIA's practice of "extraordinary rendition."
Brooke Singer is a digital media artist who lives in New York City. She is interested in emerging technologies not only because they are fun but also because they are contingent and malleable. She has utilized wireless communications (Wi-Fi, mobile phone cameras, RFID) to initiate discussion and positive system failures.
Her work seeks to provide public access to important social issues that often are characterized as specialized or opaque. She is currently Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York, and co-founder of the art, technology and activist group Preemptive Media.