Data Gathering: A Public Conversation is an opening day conversation between artists Paolo Cirio, Jenny Odell, Jens Sundheim, and Open Society Foundation curator Yukiko Yamagata.
The panelists will reflect on how their practices have responded to and emerged from the pervasive culture of surveillance and will meditate on the recent global societal shift of being constantly observed.
This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by the opening reception of Profiled: Surveillance of a Sharing Society.
Mary Coyne is a curator and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has curated group exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York, has contributed to multiple publications including Afterimage, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, Museum and Curatorial Studies Review, Performa, and Droste Effect. She is the founder and curator of Pseudo Empire, a not-for-profit exhibition space in Brooklyn.
Paolo Cirio works with systems of distribution, organization, and control of information that affect the flows of social, economic, and cognitive structures. Cirio has presented solo shows at NOME Contemporary Art Gallery, Berlin; Bellegard Centre Culturel, Toulouse; Casa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2011 and 2013. He has won a number of awards, including Golden Nica at Ars Electronica, Transmediale and the Eyebeam fellowship, among others and curated panels series at the Kitchen and Eyebeam.
Jenny Odell is a Bay Area native who mines imagery from online environments, most typically Google Maps, in an attempt to create candid portraits of humanity and its built environment. Because her practice exists at the intersection of research and aesthetics, Odell has often been compared to a natural scientist (specifically, a lepidopterist). Her work has been exhibited at the Google Maps Headquarters, Les Rencontres D'Arles, Arts Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, and East Wing Gallery in Dubai. It's also turned up in TIME Magazine's LightBox, The Atlantic, The Economist, WIRED, the NPR Picture Show, and Imagine Architecture (Gestalten, 2014). Odell teaches at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute. She will also be the artist in residence at the San Francisco dump (Recology) during summer 2015.
Jens Sundheim is a video and visual artist from Dortmund, Germany, where he still lives and works. Sundheim studied Information Science, then Photography at Studium der Informatik an der Universität Dortmund and at the University of Plymouth and earned his Master’s degree at Meisterkurs Arno Fischer, Ostkreuzschule, Berlin in 2010 and received an M.A in Photography at HAW Hamburg in 2013. His webcam project, The Traveller (a collaboration with Bernhard Reuss) was selected by Martin Parr to be part of the From Here On exhibition at Rencontres d'Arles Photographie Festival 2011. The Traveller is also on view as part of Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography at the New York Public Library.
Yukiko Yamagata is the Associate Director for the Open Society Foundations’ Documentary Photography Project, which explores the intersection of photography and social change through grant making, exhibitions, and public programs. Most recently, she curated the Open Society Foundations’ Watching You, Watching Me exhibition, which features ten artists and explores how photography can serve as both an instrument of surveillance and a tool to expose and challenge its negative impact. Prior to joining the Open Society in 2005, she worked at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, conducting image research for the In Motion: The African American-Migration Experience exhibition, book, website, and digital archive. She began her career at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Department of Photography providing curatorial support for range of exhibitions including large-and small-scale solo exhibitions of work by Susan Meiselas, Vik Muniz, Roni Horn, Ryan McGinley, Lorna Simpson, and Michael Rovner.
exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.