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Can You See Me Now?

Practices of Tracking, Control, and Resistance

Where surveillance technologies used to be a specialized part of urban public space mostly aimed at crime prevention and investigation, today surveillance in the form of automated data collection and analysis has become an essential part of contemporary infrastructurefrom smart phones to social media, smart home devices, and beyond. Nowadays, surveillance is both hidden and pervasive in its structure and operation. It surrounds us as an invisible infrastructure” that allows our devices to show us content tailored to “our” interests and respond to “our” desires.  

But to what extent is mass observation and data access acceptable? Where is the fine line between new technological advances making our life easierwhether it is physical or virtualand becoming manipulative? 

Opening: Friday, October 7, 2022

18:00 Opening @ WE ARE AIA

With live performance by Lauren Lee McCarthy

From 21:00 bar @ Kunsthalle Zürich

 

Complete opening weekend program

Workshops Offshore Tour Operator – RYBN.ORG

 

Dates:

October 8, 2022–January 31, 2023 

Curated by:

!Mediengruppe Bitnik and Martina Huber

Simon Weckert, Google Maps Hacks, performance, Berlin, 2020. Photograph by Simon Weckert Image courtesy the artist.

 

 

 

Can You See Me Now? illuminates a variety of artistic and social tactics that address these questions and explore the shift from surveillance as technology to surveillance as infrastructure. The artists focus on making surveillance infrastructures visible by “performing” the technologies in unintentional, experimental ways. Visitors are able to discover new modes of interaction with the technology as well as possibilities to intervene in the systems beyond the aesthetic experience. The exhibition opens a debate about the use of data collection in defining citizens’ rights and liberties, while illuminating a new dimension of its creative potential. 

Jeremy Bailey, The You Museum, 2015/ 2022. Screen capture image courtesy the artist.
The exhibition Can You See Me Now? critically examine life in a data-driven society.
RYBN.ORG, Offshore Tour Operator (2017 / 2022), image courtesy of the artist.

Artists: Jeremy Bailey, Adam Harvey, Vladan Joler, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Joana Moll, RYBN.ORG, Gordan Savičić, Felix Stalder, Simon Weckert 

The exhibition Can You See Me Now? is based on first findings from the research group project Latent Spaces. Performing Ambiguous Data at the Institute for Contemporary Art Research at Zürich University of the Arts.

This exhibition was realized thanks to the generous support of the Canton of Zurich, Max Kohler Stiftung and ICT4Peace Foundation.

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