Archeology and Google: A Conversation about Surveillance with Gaye Chan and Thomas Dye

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    Gaye Chan and Thomas Dye


Archeology and Google: A Conversation about Surveillance with Gaye Chan and Thomas Dye


Monday Mar 03 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

Moderated by Stephan Jost.

Part of the Decisive Moments Photography Lecture Series. FREE

Chan will show a number of works by artists who use Google technology as source imagery (including her own project Frass, shown at the Honolulu Museum of Art in 2012) to examine its transformation of individual experience in space/time, knowledge production, and politic formations.

Equation of Google Earth imagery and surveillance depends on modern notions of the nature and scope of property rights. Dye describes how Google Earth imagery makes it possible to investigate the growth and structure of the traditional Hawaiian leeward Kohala field system, whose products paradoxically created powerful wealth assets for ali`i but were distributed among maka`ainana as a right of person.


Gaye Chan is a conceptual artist who is recognized equally for her solo and collaborative activities that take place on the web, in publications, on streets, as well as in galleries. Her recent work often ruminates on how cartography and photography simultaneously offer and occlude information. Past exhibition venues include Art in General (New York City), Articule (Montreal), Artspeak (Vancouver), Asia Society (New York City), Gallery 4A (Sydney), Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu), SF Camerawork (San Francisco), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), and YYZ Artist Outlet (Toronto).

Chan’s collaborative projects include being a part of Eating in Public and Downwind Productions. Eating in Public is an anti-capitalism project nudging a little space outside of the commodity system. Following the path of pirates and nomads, hunters and gathers, diggers and levelers, they gather at people’s homes, plant free food gardens on private and public land, set up free stores, all without permission. Downwind examines the impact of colonialism, capitalism, and tourism. Through agitprop commodities and web media, DownWind takes up Waikiki as an actual specific site/sight and a metaphor for countless other places where self-sustaining peoples have been dislocated for profit.

Gaye Chan was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1969. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a professor and the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai'i.

Thomas Dye is an archeologist and president of T.S. Dye & Colleagues, Archaeologists, Inc. His research interests include carbon dating, fish remains, and statistics (analyzing multivariate data and its application to archeological collections). 

Dye is actively publishing the results of his Hawaiian archaeology research in journals and books. His recent publications include Hawaii's Past in a World of Pacific Islands and Hawaiian Temples and Bayesian Chronology. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Hawaiian Journal of History, and is past president of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology and the Hawaiian Historical Society.

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