Symposium: Surveillance & Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice

Installation view of James Coupe and Juan Pampin, Sanctum (2012)
 Photo credit: R.J. Sánchez

Surveillance & Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice
 is a much-anticipated, multi-day symposium that has been in the works for over a year under the brilliant leadership of Rachael Faust, formerly of the Henry Art Gallery. The symposium will generate an innovative digital publication and online resource for artists, forthcoming in spring 2015, which I have been asked to conceptualize and edit. All events are open to the public, though tickets are required and some talks, such as Marc Rotenberg’s, are already sold out. All public participation will be recorded and included in the publication, so I encourage you to come and join the conversation.Event details:
Henry Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), will host Surveillance & Privacy: Art, Law, and Social Practice, a multi-day symposium focusing on the response of artists and cultural institutions to issues related to privacy and surveillance. Examining historical attitudes, contemporary perspectives, and prognostications about the future of privacy, the symposium will explore how changes in technology, law, and social practices intermingle and impact public perceptions and cultural behavior. Among the works featured for analysis during the symposium is the Henry’s interactive art installation Sanctum, created by UW professors and artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin and installed on the museum’s façade.
In addition to project-focused sessions and panel discussions (November 22, Henry Auditorium), the symposium will feature evening lectures by Marc Rotenberg (November 20, Kane Hall) and Edward A. Shanken (November 21, Henry Auditorium). There will also be a pre-conference lecture co-sponsored by the UW Tech Policy Lab with author and activist Cory Doctorow (October 25, Kane Hall).