Sousveillance Culture panel with Amy Alexander, Jill Magid and Hasan Elahi, moderated by Marisa Olson

Saturday, September 15, 2007
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Luna Lounge
361 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Rhizome is organizing a panel in conjunction with Conflux, on sousveillance, the practice of watching from below (sous-) rather than above (sur-). A diverse group of artists whose work engages surveillance will explore the cultural and political implications of sousveillance, which tends to be discussed as empowering when manifest as a "taking-back" of cameras or the rising-up of "little brother," but which also unfolds in an era of increased self-surveillance, encouraged by both the government and the culture of participatory and 'transparent' media. Panelists include artists Amy Alexander, Jill. Magid and Hasan Elahi, and moderator Marisa Olson, Editor and Curator, Rhizome.

Participant Bios:

Amy Alexander is a software and performance artist and VJ. Her work has been presented on the Internet, in clubs and on the street as well as in festivals and museums. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a co-founder and moderator of the software art repository, and is active in software art curation. Amy's latest software project, SVEN: Surveillance Video Entertaiment Network, with Wojciech Kosma and Vincent Rabaud, is a real-time computer vision and video system that detects likely rock stars in public places, an installation version of which was on view at the Whitney Museum during Summer 2007.

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Venice Biennale; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Kulturbahnhof, Kassel, Germany; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia; and The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. Elahi recently was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern in London, Pop!Tech, and at at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University. His work has been supported with significant grants and numerous sponsorships from the Creative Capital Foundation, Ford Foundation/Philip Morris, and the Asociación Artetik Berrikuntzara in Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque Country/Spain among others.

Jill Magid is a visual artist working in a variety of media including literature, video, sculpture, and performance. Magid received an MS in Visual Studies from MIT in 2000, was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam 2002, and currently lives and works in both Amsterdam and Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions in include With Full Consent at Gagosian Gallery (NYC), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin), Centre d’Art Santa Monica (Barcelona), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. Recent performances in New York at The Bowery Poetry Club, Eyebeam, The Poetry Project , Orchard. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Storefront for Art and Architecture (NYC), De Appel (Amsterdam), Balance and Power (Rose Art Museum), Naked Life at MOCA Taipei (Taiwan), Positioning statement | Image Cairo 3 (Cairo), Egypt, DMZ 2005_Korea, and at the Liverpool Biennial International ’04. She has written two novellas: Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy (2007), and One Cycle of Memory in the city of L (2004).

Moderator Marisa Olson is Rhizome's Editor & Curator and a practicing artist. She has organized exhibitions and programs at the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, the Getty, White Columns, Artists Space, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and elsewhere, including SF Camerawork, where she was previously Associate Director. She's written for Wired, Mute, Afterimage, Flash Art, ArtReview, and others. Her own work has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pacific Film Archive, and the New York Underground Film Festival. Marisa is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the ITP graduate program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric/ Film Studies at UC Berkeley

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