Curated by Lisa Moren

CYBER IN SECURITIES explores data collection and imaging surveillance practices in the United States, highlighting artists whose work makes visible experiences of tracking and being tracked in a digital age. Revealing the tight collusion between data-collection and interpretation, the exhibition will explore how automation and surveillance systems enhance our ability to see with ever-increasing imaging and data parsing, while fallible biases — in governments and commercial agencies — determine long-term use of our personal information.

Participating Artists

Birgit Bachler, Walter Langelaar, Owen Mundy, and Tim Schwartz; Channel TWo (CH2): Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, with Jesus Duran; Heather Dewey-Hagborg; Hasan Elahi; The Force of Freedom with Dave Young; Taylor Hokanson; Ricarda McDonald and Donna Szoke; Lexie Mountain; Preemptive Media; David Rokeby; Julia Kim Smith; and WhiteFeather.

About the Exhibition

Washington Project for the Arts presents CYBER IN SECURITIES, an exhibition exploring contemporary data collection and imaging surveillance practices, highlighting artists whose work makes visible experiences of tracking and being tracked in a digital age. The exhibition is part of WPA’s Experimental Media 2013, the eighth installment of WPA’s Experimental Media program and the second year that the program has expanded to include both a video screening series and gallery exhibition. Artists are responding to the massive data collection that is a nearly unavoidable part of contemporary life in various ways, some by creating artworks that are distributed throughout networks and systems under their own control and rules. CYBER IN SECURITIES is an exhibition that addresses the growing concern among a cross-generational group of artists whose enthusiasm about new media is complicated by the suspicion that the good will of their shared digital consciousness is being used against them. 12 artists and art teams from across the US, Canada, and Europe will present a wide range of interactive media, unique technologies, and “take-aways” of works that simultaneously present themselves physically and as on-line data. This interactive exhibition will offer a variety of ephemera, performances (and performativity), downloadable apps, interaction with tablets and unique machines and systems that the artists programmed and built, interactive video, websites, imaging, and 3D printing. The works on display deal with issues of data-mining, family surveillance, algorithmic surveillance, marketing tactics, drones, government monitoring, and even DNA surveillance. CYBER IN SECURITIES is made possible, in part, with funds from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; Intel Corporation; and the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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About the Curator

Lisa Moren is an artist, curator, and writer who lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Chelsea Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Ars Electronica, and Akademie der Kunste. Moren received a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2003 and was the receipient of a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for research in the Czech Republic in 2006. She has received numerous awards from CEC Artslink (2002, 2006) and the Maryland State Arts Council (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2013).

Her writing has appeared in Performance Research, Visible Language, Inter Arts Actuel and Issues in Cultural Theory. In 2012 she curated Artists Working with Phenomena and Technology, which is currently on tour for the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Moren holds an MFA from Cranbook Academy of Art and is Professor of Visual Arts at UMBC.

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August 30 – September 27, 2013


Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20068

Opening reception

Friday, August 30, 2013