Artist talk 29 April, 2015
Petit Robert Central
101 Arch Street
(Entrance: 34 Summer St.)
Boston, MA 02110
Flash Forward Boston presents an evening talk by Tomas van Houtryve on the rise of drone technology and how it is changing the nature of privacy, warfare and photography. Tomas’ Blue Sky Days project became the longest photo essay published in Harper’s Magazine’s 165-year history. Join Tomas for a conversation about drones, war and privacy.
Exhibition from 12 March to 30 April, 2015
Gallery open Saturday through Thursday
10:00am – 3:00pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
or by appointment
East Wing Gallery
12 Limestone House
United Arab Emirates
Surveillance.02, an exhibition of interdisciplinary artists whose practice incorporates camera, satellite, and drone to critique corporate and state surveillance, and energy production. Fueled by anxiety, anger, and humor, these artists document the various consequences of surveillance, and remix their findings as commentary. The featured works challenge the fluid notion of privacy, expose humanity’s permanent impact on the environment, and point to the major tangles at the center of it all: individual vs. type, convenience vs. security.
The presented works are Blue Sky Days by Tomas Van Houtryve, Hidden Wounds by Massimo Berruti, Shtik Fleisch Mit Tzvei Eigen by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Dulce et Decorum Est: Virtue Unmann’d by Edmund Clark, Deposit by Yann Mingard, Land Marks by Jenny Odell, and World Brain by Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon.
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About Blue Sky Days
In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held in 2013 in Washington, DC, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”
Over the past decade, drones have become the preferred weapon of the United States military and the CIA for strikes overseas. Their use for surveillance and commercial purposes is also rapidly expanding at home and abroad.
Tomas van Houtryve attached his camera to a small drone and travelled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes—weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, industrial feedlots, and stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of war, privacy, and government transparency.
November 4, 2014 to May 8, 2015
Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
What right do governments, corporations, and individuals have to collect and retain information on your daily communications? What tools—both today and in the past—have been used to monitor your activities? What are the immediate and far-reaching effects? These questions unite the ten bodies of work selected for the Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) Fall 2014 Moving Walls exhibition “Watching You, Watching Me.”
This upcoming installment of OSF’s Moving Walls documentary photography series explores how photography has been used both as an instrument of surveillance and as a tool to document, expose, and challenge the impact of surveillance on civil liberties, human rights, and basic freedoms. Among the ten selected bodies of work, is Blue Sky Days.
There will be an opening reception on Monday, November 3 at 6:00 pm. RSVP here.
Drents Museum exhibition 3 April to 30 August, 2015
9401 HS Assen
MoCP Chicago exhibition 23 July to 4 October, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, has been called the Hermit Kingdom, as it is one of the most reclusive states in the world. North Korea’s citizens are not allowed to travel abroad, there is no Internet connection to the outside world, and the flow of information is almost completely controlled by the government.
This exhibition is divided into two main sections: one showing the government’s official version of North Korea, while the other offers the alternative view of the country. Government propaganda images and images made by tourists on state-controlled tours will offer an official view. These will be juxtaposed with an uncensored stream of images coming out of the country, including photographs produced by foreign photographers inside North Korea Tomas van Houtryve and David Guttenfelder. North Korean Perspectives is organized by Europe-based independent curator Marc Prüst.