We Know You Are Watching in Buffalo

We Know You Are Watching
conspired by Nothing To See Here
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 7pm, $5
[Sugar City, 1239 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York]

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“We feel free because we lack the language to articulate our unfreedom.” —Slavoj Žižek

The works in we know you are watching offer a counter punch to surveillance culture, reminding us to acknowledge the presence of the camera and illuminating a path toward regaining autonomy. By drawing attention to tactics used to gather personal information, offering methods for avoiding, disrupting and opting out of the all pervasive culture of surveillance, the works provide multifaceted strategies for actively cloaking and disguising your identity.

Including works by: Surveillance Camera PlayersJacqueline GossSalise HughesZach Blas, Adán De La GarzaEva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.org), Camover.

*all descriptions from the artists.

1984 – Surveillance Camera Players – 10mins – 1998
Full 8-minute-long performance of George Orwell’s “1984” by the Surveillance Camera Players. Recorded NYC, USA, 9 November 1998.

Stranger Comes To Town – Jacqueline Goss – 28 mins – 2007
They say there’s only two stories in the world: man goes on a journey, and stranger comes to town.

Six people are interviewed anonymously about their experiences coming into the US. Each then designs a video game avatar who tells their story by proxy. Goss focuses on the questions and examinations used to establish identity at the border, and how these processes in turn affect one’s own sense of self and view of the world.

“Stranger Comes to Town” re-works animations from the Department of Homeland Security –combining them with stories from the border, impressions from the on-line game World of Warcraft, and journeys via Google Earth to tell a tale of bodies moving through lands familiar and strange.

Charade – Salise Hughes – 8.30 mins – 2013
A film about identity, deception, and a hollywood icon.

Facial Weaponization Communiqué: Fag Face – Zach Blas – 8mins – 2011 to present
The Facial Weaponization Suite develops forms of collective and artistic protest against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate–by making masks in community-based workshops that are used for public intervention. One mask, the Fag Face Mask, is a response to scientific studies that link determining sexual orientation through rapid facial recognition. This mask is generated from the biometric facial data of many queer men’s faces, resulting in a mutated, alien facial mask that cannot be read or parsed by biometric facial recognition technologies.

surveillance²- Adán De La Garza – 3.46mins – 2014
surveillance² is an experiment in the subversion of authority through the aesthetics of authority. By affixing a mock security camera to block the view of a functioning CCTV cameras the perceived threat of the cameras presence is doubled but ultimately rendered useless.

stolen pieces
Stolen Pieces – Eva and Franco Mattes (0100101110101101.org) – 4 mins  – 1995-1997
Over a period of two years we worked on a secret art project stealing dozens of fragments from masterpieces by famous artists, such as Kandinsky, Duchamp, Beuys, Rauschenberg, Warhol and Koons, from the most renowned museums in the United States and Europe. This video, shot with a hidden camera, documents our last heist.

Camover – 4 min – 2013
The idea of the game is to destroy as much cctv-cams as possible. For this we decided to announce a competition. For joining in you need a group with a name that starts with command…, briagde…, etc. and ends with a historic person. The only other requirement for you is to be aware of internet-safety.