In-Focus Talk + My Profile Tour

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In-Focus Talk + My Profile Tour


Saturday Jan 06 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $30.00
General Admission: $35.00


About the Lecture:

This workshop is part of the weeklong program CLASSIFIED, a multidisciplinary look at art and surveillance.

Join us for a conversation about art’s role in addressing current issues of surveillance with artists, writers, and experts.

Panelists include: Laura PoitrasBen WiznerTrevor PaglenEdward Snowden (via live videochat), and Kate Crawford. Moderated by Hasan Elahi.

After the talk, enjoy food and wine and a special “self-guided” tour. Personalized museum tours will be generated using surveillance technologies such as face-detection and an object-detecting neural network created by design-and-technology duo Pas de Chocolat. Tours will explore the permanent collections of Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

Your ticket purchase includes a talk, reception, and personalized museum tour.

12pm: Doors open
1pm-2:30pm: Talk
2:30-4:30pm: My Profile Tour + Reception

Laura Poitras is a filmmaker, journalist and artist. Her film, CITIZENFOURthe third installment of a trilogy about post-9/11 America—won an Oscar for Best Documentary. Her reporting on the Snowden disclosures received the George Polk Award for National Security Journalism and shared in the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Astro Noise, her solo museum exhibition of immersive installations, was presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016. Her most recent films include Riskwhich shadows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the course of 6 years; and Project X, about a mysterious windowless building in lower Manhattan co-directed with Henrik Moltke. She is a co-creator of Field of Vision, a visual journalism project that commissions and supports short-form and feature films about urgent global issues. She is currently suing the U.S. government to learn why she was placed on a terrorist watchlist in 2006.

Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For 16 years he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Paglen’s work has had one-person exhibitions at Vienna Secession, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Van Abbe Museum, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and Protocinema Istanbul, and participated in group exhibitions the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, and numerous other venues. He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography, and visuality. Paglen’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, Vice Magazine, the New Yorker, and Art Forum. In 2014, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for his work as a “groundbreaking investigative artist” and in 2015, he was the recipient of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie’s Kulturpreis. In 2016, he received the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Paglen holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley.

Edward Snowden is a former intelligence officer who served the CIA, NSA, and DIA for nearly a decade as a subject matter expert on technology and cybersecurity. In 2013, he revealed that the NSA was seizing the private records of billions of individuals who had not been suspected of any wrongdoing, resulting in the most significant reforms to US surveillance policy since 1978. He has received awards for courage, integrity, and public service, and was named the top global thinker of 2013 by Foreign Policy magazine. Today, he works on methods of enforcing human rights through the application and development of new technologies. He joined the board of Freedom of the Press Foundation in February 2014 and was named the president of the board in 2016. 

Kate Crawford is a leading researcher, academic and author who has spent the last decade studying the social implications of data systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is a Distinguished Research Professor at New York University, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab. Her recent publications address data bias and fairness, social impacts of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and due process, and algorithmic accountability and transparency. Kate is the co-founder and co-director of the AI Now Research Institute, along with Meredith Whittaker: a new interdisciplinary research center dedicated to studying the social impacts of artificial intelligence. In July 2016, she co-chaired the Obama White House symposium on the impacts of AI in the near term. The symposium addressed artificial intelligence across four domains: labor, health, social inequality and ethics. Her academic research has been published in highly ranked journals such as Nature, New Media & Society, Science, Technology & Human Values and Information, Communication & Society. Apart from the academic stuff, Kate has also written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harpers, and New Inquiry, among others.

Hasan Elahi (Moderator) is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, and at the Venice Biennale. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by the New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and The Colbert Report. Elahi has spoken about his work to a broad range of audiences such as Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, TED, and the World Economic Forum. His recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship, grants from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Art Matters Foundation, and Creative Capital. In 2009, he was Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland, where from 2011 to 2014 was Director of Design | Cultures + Creativity in the Honors College.

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