Part of WPA’s Experimental Media 2013

Hasah Elahi, Hawkeye, 2012

Dates: August 30 – September 27, 2013
Location: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Curated by: Lisa Moren, Professor, Department of Visual Art, UMBC

Opening Reception: Friday, August 30, 2013

Participating Artists: Birgit Bachler, Walter Langelaar, Owen Mundy, and Tim Schwartz; Channel TWo (CH2): Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, with Jesus Duran; Heather Dewey-Hagborg; Hasan Elahi; The Force of Freedom with Dave Young; Taylor Hokanson; Ricarda McDonald and Donna Szoke; Lexie Mountain; Preemptive Media; David Rokeby; Julia Kim Smith; and WhiteFeather.

Panel Discussion: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 3pm
Discussion Participants: Kevin Bankston, Senior Counsel and Director of Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology; Anupam Joshi, Director, UMBC Center for Cybersecurity and Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering; Heather Dewey-Hagborg, information artist and PhD candidate, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and David Rokeby, interactive sound and video installation artist

Location: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Related Programming
Experimental Media Video Screening Series
Juried by Jason Eppink, Associate Curator of Digital Images, Museum of the Moving Images, New York

Night One: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:30pm
Location: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC

Night Two: Monday, September 24, 2013, 6:30pm
Location: The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, 5oo 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Washington Project for the Arts presents CYBER IN SECURITIES, an exhibition exploring contemporary data collection and imaging surveillance practices, highlighting artists whose work makes visible experiences of tracking and being tracked in a digital age. The exhibition is part of WPA’s Experimental Media 2013, the eighth installment of WPA’s Experimental Media program and the second year that the program has expanded to include both a video screening series and gallery exhibition.

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Artists are responding to the massive data collection that is a nearly unavoidable part of contemporary life in various ways, some by creating artworks that are distributed throughout networks and systems under their own control and rules. CYBER IN SECURITIES is an exhibition that addresses the growing concern among a cross-generational group of artists whose enthusiasm about new media is complicated by the suspicion that the good will of their shared digital consciousness is being used against them. 12 artists and art teams from across the US, Canada, and Europe will present a wide range of interactive media, unique technologies, and “take-aways” of works that simultaneously present themselves physically and as on-line data. This interactive exhibition will offer a variety of ephemera, performances (and performativity), downloadable apps, interaction with tablets and unique machines and systems that the artists programmed and built, interactive video, websites, imaging, and 3D printing. The works on display deal with issues of data-mining, family surveillance, algorithmic surveillance, marketing tactics, drones, government monitoring, and even DNA surveillance.

CYBER IN SECURITIES is made possible, in part, with funds from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; Intel Corporation; and the Center for Democracy and Technology.