CURATION - PROGRAMMING - ART ADVISORY - CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
December 2013-January 2014
Art in the Age of Surveillance: Gertrude Salon with participating artists
9 January, 2014 | 7-8PM
Watching You is a group exhibition developed specifically for 10011 space in Chelsea, New York. The premise of the project was to explore the unsettling relationship between the unannounced, invisible observer and the subject.
Through means of self-documentation, social media, self-censorship and surveillance, artists address issues of personal security, fetishized observation, and reinforce the psychological implications of watching/being watched. The advent of omnipresent and accessible means through which we generate and exchange images has implications beyond the digital space they travel. Attempting to suggest historical precedents for some of the current work that tackle themes of desire, forms of exercising and relinquishing control over self and images.
From selfies to CCTV-generated images, smartphone-enabled loops of sociability, hidden traces of lives, imagined dwellings, and private Google searches - we are gridlocked in algorithmic visualisations of data. We envision that placing new and established works that instigate topics of power, desire, and pleasure will draw out a distinct trajectory for how technologies have impacted and continue to implicate the unconscious. Presented in a unique space where private and public gaze are interchangeable and entwined.
Featured artists: Kohei Yoshiyuki, Thomson & Craighead, Cynthia Daignault, Vanessa Hodgkinson, Ai Weiwei, Cindy Sherman, Enxuto & Love, Ernesto Caivano, and a special commission by James Bridle.