DATE & TIME:
Saturday, April 5
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA
As part of the exhibition Fresh Media, artists present on topics to encourage dialogue within the fields of art, design, technology, and science.
Learn about Fresh Media Lecture II
4:00 pm Ceren Paydas, Visual Artist
Panopticon to Pinterest: A History of Surveillance
When Jeremy Bentham designed the panopticon prison system, he created the illusion of constant surveillance. This lecture uses the panopticon as a model for understanding the roles of modern surveillance systems, and the strategies behind them. The lecture will also guide you through the technological advances that have fueled the evolution of surveillance.
4:50 pm Gabi Schaffzin, DMI Alumnus, Researcher/Designer/Builder at Skeptic
Evidence is Evidence
When Edward Tufte tweets mockingly of the leaked NSA slides, he does so as the self-anointed king of presenting evidence. Empiricism’s head cheerleader, he has built an empire on telling everyone what Truth looks like. He’s also perpetuated a culture where power is held by those with the data. As we shift our appreciation for discourse to those with the willingness and know-how to compress communication into data-visualization, to what dangers do we open ourselves up?
5:40 pm Kimberly Maroon, Photographer & Designer
From Witness to Action: Citizen Photojournalism Through Instagram
Citizen journalism is based upon public citizens playing an active role in the process of capturing and sharing news and information. Today, cameras are readily available to the public and they are built into devices with connection to digital networks. With more cameras in the hands of more people, not just photography professionals, everyone has the opportunity to capture images and share them with the world.
We will look at two recent events, the protests in Istanbul Turkey and Kiev Ukraine. *By examining images captured and shared through Instagram, in contrast to professional news media, we will discuss the impact of this new citizen photojournalism. Using the hashtag as a tool for ﬁltering, a new story of these events is revealed, all from the perspective of the participant.
*May contain graphic or violent content for some audiences.