We are excited to announce that the collaborative artwork, “Witnessing” is on display at the AHVA Gallery at the Audain Art Centre as part of the recent symposium “Under Super Vision” in the Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) program at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
The work, “Witnessing” (http://criticalmediartstudio.iat.sfu.ca/Witnessing/) brings together three programming projects developed by SIAT students Jo Shin, Frederico Machuca and Xavier Wu, and was curated by Dr. Hannah Turner and Dr. Gabriela Aceves Sepulveda.
Originally conceived of as a response to the New Media Gallery’s recent exhibit Witness; the three media projects in Witnessing draw on the theoretical concepts of machine vision, materiality, bureaucracy, and surveillance. Jo Shin’s interactive computer selfie project, “You.got.a.a.pic?” raises questions about the human participant’s anticipation and desire to communicate online through a selfie exchange with a computer program. Frederico Machuca’s project, “Human Memory Database” invites the viewer to browse a disorientating potential future database of human memories. “Sentinel 002”, by Xavier Wu, is a video work that shows what an artificially intelligent system might conclude if it were watching and analyzing the content of human expression online. The accompanying Zine conceptualizes the analog versions of each project.
The exhibit features four other international artists, and will run until April 1st.. See the Facebook event page for more details.