Profiled: Surveillance of a Sharing Society

curated by Mary Coyne

Jens Sundheim, The Traveller, 2014
  • Artists:
    James Bridle
    Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico
    Jenny Odell
    Willem Popelier
    Julia Scher
    Jens Sundheim
In the wake of recent events such as Edward Snowden exposing NSA's egregious breach of personal privacy and accusations of social media platforms such as Facebook controlling personal information, contemporary global citizens have come to realize that society has been re-constructed as a panopticon. The level to which our daily behavior conforms to the new structure of an ever watchful eye has infiltrated the zeitgeist of our time. The exhibition Profiled: Surveillance of a Sharing Society unites the practices of six artists who seek to operate within this new awareness of being watched.

The contemporary society of surveillance, where international boundaries are ignored in national data gathering and computer-operated drones have the ability to monitor communities thousands of miles away, is not what it appears. The quest to obtain data is counterbalanced by our willingness, even need, to share our personal information. At the heart of the shared "selfie" or constant status updates is a psychological phenomenon known as the cult of celebrity—the ability to have one's image communicated to a network of hundreds of peers and potential admirers but ultimately set loose into the wide world of the Internet. The artists in Profiled work at the juncture of post-9/11 military concerns and the astronomical rise of social media technologies. Through their diverse practices, these artists analyze the paradoxes in sharing everything with our suspicion of those looking.
 
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.



Installation Images

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012; Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011; Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993; Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011; Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993; Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011

 

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012; Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011; Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993
 

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012; Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011

 

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012; Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011

 

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011



 

Installation view




 

James Bridle, Dronestagram, 2012; Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012



 

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012; Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011

 

Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012



 

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011



 

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012; Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011

 

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011; Jenny Odell, All the People on Pier 39, 2011


 

Jens Sundheim, The Traveller, 2001-ongoing




 

Jenny Odell, All the People on Pier 39, 2011




 

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011; Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993


 

Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993; Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011



 

Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011




 

Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011; Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993; Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011
 

Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011




 

Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011; James Bridle, Dronestagram, 2012



 

James Bridle, Dronestagram, 2012




 

Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993; Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011; James Bridle, Dronestagram, 2012; Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011

 

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012




 

Brochure Images

James Bridle, Dronestagram, 2012
 

Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico, Face to Facebook, 2011

Paolo Cirio, Street Ghosts, 2012
 

Jenny Odell, All the People on Pier 39, 2011
 

Willem Popelier, Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012

Willem Popelier, Showroom Girls 3, 2011
 

Julia Scher, Mothers Under Surveillance, 1993
 

Jens Sundheim, The Traveller Kalverstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2006

Jens Sundheim, The Traveller Zeughaus, Berlin, Germany, 2003

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.