Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic

On View from October 1 – December 10, 2021
Exhibition Opening: Friday, October 1, 5–8pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design
ICA Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 12:00–5:00pm

Surveillance has become an inescapable part of daily life. Our phones record our every movement, call, and contact; cameras record our passage along the street. Collected data streams to fusion centers, and predictive policing targets specific communities for more intensive monitoring. Siri and Alexa listen in. Connected to the economy and mass surveillance, from the high-tech to the low-tech and the mundane everyday, how are artists looking back at, contesting, and revealing the systems that monitor our daily lives? Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic explores the ways in which our lives are being influenced and determined by visible and invisible actions of “watching over”, allowing viewers to reflect on the prevalence of surveillance in contemporary contexts as well as its historical antecedents. Artists in the exhibition include: Christoper Gregory-Rivera, Margaret Laurena Kemp + Abram Stern, Yazan Khalili, Kapwani Kiwanga, Ann Messner, Orphan Drift, Trevor Paglen.

Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support for the exhibition is provided by Jeremy Moser and Laura Kittle. The exhibition is organized by Julie Poitras Santos, Director of Exhibitions, ICA at MECA&D, in conversation with Sophie Hamacher, Assistant Professor of Academic Studies at Maine College of Art & Design, and Brendan McQuade, Assistant Professor of Criminology at University of Southern Maine. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by visiting artist talks, a panel discussion, and a film series organized by Sophie Hamacher. More information coming soon.

Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic is part of Freedom & Captivity, a statewide, coalition-based public humanities initiative to explore and promote abolitionist visions and organizing in Maine during fall 2021.

 

Events and Visiting Artist Talks

Friday, October 1, 5–8PM
ICA at MECA&D - EXHIBITION OPENING
Opening reception for Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic, ICA at Maine College of Art & Design.

Thursday, October 21, 6–7:30PM [virtual]
PANEL DISCUSSION: Maine College of Art & Design - “Transforming Surveillance” 
Artists in the exhibition Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic at the ICA at MECA&D discuss their work and how they contest and transform surveillance.

Thursday, November 4, 12–1PM [virtual]
VISITING ARTIST TALK: Maine College of Art & Design - Yazan Khalili
The Maine College of Art & Design Visiting Artist program, in partnership with the exhibition Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic in the ICA at MECA&D, presents an artist talk by Yazan Khalili.

Thursday, December 2, 12–1PM
VISITING ARTIST TALK: Maine College of Art & Design - American Artist
The Maine College of Art & Design Visiting Artist program, in partnership with the exhibition Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic in the ICA at MECA&D, presents an artist talk by American Artist.

Thursday, December 9, 6PM
FILM:  ICA at MECA&D -
Sentenced by Sound (90min.)
A curated evening of short films presented in conjunction with Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic, an exhibition in the ICA at MECA&D.

MONITOR film series, curated by Sophie Hamacher

Friday, October 8, 7PM
FILM: Congress Square -
Oversight Machines (66min.)
A curated evening of short films presented in collaboration with Space Gallery as part of a film series in conjunction with Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic, an exhibition in the ICA at MECA&D.

Find, Fix, Finish by Sylvain Cruiziat & Mila Zhluktenko, 2017  (19 min)
Watching the Detectives by Chris Kennedy, 2017  (33 min) Silent
ALGO Rhythm by Manu Luksch, 2019  (13 min, 56 s)

Thursday, October 14, 2–4PM
FILM: Portland Museum of Art - Screening of
All Light Everywhere
Screening of All Light Everywhere, a film by Theo Anthony, in collaboration with the Portland Museum of Art and the exhibition Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic at the ICA at MECA&D.

An exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, this film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens.  (1 hr, 49 min)

Thursday, October 28, 7PM
FILM: Space Gallery -
Modes of Enclosure (71min.)
A curated evening of short films presented in collaboration with Space Gallery as part of a film series in conjunction with Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic, an exhibition in the ICA at MECA&D.

Dear Bill Gates by Sarah Christman, 2006  (17 min)
The FBI Blew up my Ice Skates by Sara Ebrahimi and Lindsey Martin, 2016  (7 min)
Mapping CCTV by Manu Luksch, 2008  (2 min, 54 s)

Evidence of the Evidence by Alexander Johnston, 2017  (22 min)
One Document for Hope by Margaret Rorison  (7 min)

Thursday, November 11, 7PM
FILM: Space Gallery -
Cross Examinations (75min)
A curated evening of short films presented in collaboration with Space Gallery as part of a film series in conjunction with Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic, an exhibition in the ICA at MECA&D.

Prison Images by Harun Farocki, 2000  (60 min)
The Grid by Cauleen Smith, 2011  (15 min)

Thursday, December 9, 6PM
FILM:  ICA at MECA&D -
Sentenced by Sound (90min.)
A curated evening of short films presented in conjunction with Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic, an exhibition in the ICA at MECA&D.

Hacked Circuit by Deborah Stratman, 2014  (15 min)
Walled/Unwalled by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 2018  (21 min)
Best of Luck with the Wall by Josh Begley, 2016  (7 min)
Border Control by Peggy Ahwesh, 2019  (4 min)

Radfahrer (Cyclist) by Marc Thümmler, 2008  (28 min)
It's a Long Way from Amphioxus by Kamal Aljafari, 2019  (16 min)

 

Featured Image: Orphan Drift, If AI were Cephalopod, 2019. 4 channel video installation (HD) Image courtesy of Laboratoria Art & Science, Moscow