PUBLIC TALK: Talking Allowed - The Art of Surveillance
A 'Talking Allowed' event with Dr David Glance, Director of the UWA Centre for Software Practice.
The way in which artists have represented the nature of surveillance illustrates Art’s unique and powerful ability to explore, explain, and critique surveillance's role in society. This exploration highlights humanity's conflicted relationship with technology. A relationship that brings a price for every benefit, and a cost which is often borne by those not in control of the technology including those who struggle to understand it.
This talk will explore how surveillance is viewed as the “benevolent, omniscient eye of God” by artist Miriam Stannage as a contrast to the largely unseen tool of control and oppression by almost everyone else. Artists have explored not only the obvious forms of surveillance through video but increasingly through the digital footprints on the Internet and even the discarded parts of genetic material we leave when we drop a piece of chewed gum.
The ‘Talking Allowed’ series is presented by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Every month, a UWA academic will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion and debate.
‘Talking Allowed’ is designed to be thought-provoking, challenging, stimulating and engaging. Come along and join the dialogue on matters that are of great importance to our society.
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