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Exhibiton: Surveillance Blind

  • Goethe-Institut Washington 812 7th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Surveillance Blind

Thursday, 17 September 2015 - Thursday, 3 December 2015
Goethe-Institut Washington, FotoGalerie
No charge
+ 1 (202) 289-1200

Opening Thursday, September 17, 6 – 9 pm
6 – 8 pm Discussion with the artists
8 – 9 pm Reception


As technology has evolved, so have our fundamental ways of understanding the world. Data and information flows around us and is used to track our consumer habits, shape our identities, and mediate our relationships to our nation states.

We are more connected than ever through online platforms and digital devices, and simultaneously the “data shadows” that we create reveal more about us to the world than we realize. Who controls and makes use of the information generated by our sharing society is a question being challenged and contested worldwide. The artists in this exhibition investigate the paradox of these connections, probing our relationship to data collection and interpretation.

AnnieLaurie Erickson (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) photographs server farms and other physical infrastructure that make the cloud possible.

Nate Larson (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) and Marni Shindelman (Athens, Georgia, USA) collaboratively collect publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world.

Simon Menner (Berlin, Germany) spent two years recovering the archive of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives of the former German Democratic Republic (BStU) and reshapes it to reveal the underlying structures of control.

Jens Sundheim (Dortmund, Germany) extensively researches security cameras that have a public feed and then travels to those locations to record an imprint of the artist in the technological eye.

John Vigg (Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA) uses homemade drone technology and appropriated satellite images to map the remote area Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey.

Curated by Nate Larson

Gallery hours: M-Th 9-5; F 9-3

The related film series Surveillance Blind takes place from September 14 to September 28.