The Normalizing Gaze:
Surveillance from Drones to Phones
Virtual Speaker Series presented by High Line Art and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.)
In conjunction with Sam Durant's High Line Plinth commission "Untitled (drone)"
Art, Artists, and Conflict
Featuring Sam Durant, Coco Fusco, and Naeem Mohaimien, moderated by Melanie Kress
Join three artists in conversation on artists’ roles, responsibilities, and tactics around presentations and examinations of conflict. Through examples of their own artworks and others, the three artists address the challenge of how to address, present, or represent conflict taking place in the present. When speaking to warfare, violence, and other forms of conflict, do artists have certain moral obligations to representation or abstraction? A responsibility to take an explicit stance or create artworks that provide a certain amount of distance from the subject matter, whether through abstraction, temporal distance, adopting documentary aesthetics? Sam Durant, Coco Fusco, and Naeem Mohaiemen each have very different aesthetic approaches and topical interests, and will share insights from across their personal and artistic experiences, as well as other artists and models they each look to for guidance.