Fwd: polvo upcoming show, etc. (chicago)

Posted by ryan griffis | Thu Jul 12th 2007 11:42 p.m.

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> Time Travelers: Time Based Art Show and Panel Discussion
> Curated by [Amelia Winger-Bearskin]
> Saturdays Thru July 28, 2007
>
> Also this month:
> flatsceen DVD by Marina Zurkow
>
> See more info online: http://www.polvo.org/july07.htm
>
> polvo, http://www.polvo.org
> 1458 W. 18th St. 1R (entrance on Laflin)
> Chicago,IL 60608
> hours: saturdays from noon-5pm or by appointment
> http://www.myspace.com/polvochicago
>
> **MARK YOUR CALENDAR - UPCOMING SHOW**
>
> echelon: who is watching you?
> Opening Friday August 3 from 6pm-10pm
> August 3 - September 1, 2007
>
> "One cannot use spies without sagacity and knowledge, one cannot use
> spies without humanity and justice" - Sun Tzu
>
> "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were
> in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest
> thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of
> anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself-anything that carried with
> it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any
> case, to wear an improper expression on your face... was itself a
> punishable offense."
> - George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5
>
> US surveillance began centuries ago with the concept of slave passes,
> which allowed slave-owners to monitor and control the mobility of
> their "chattel." Yet the slave pass system was sometimes subverted by
> the rare slaves who could write, such as Frederick Douglass. These
> literate slaves could create their own passes and might thus gain
> freedom for themselves and other slaves. Trafficking in passes and
> "free papers" soon became a burgeoning business, one that the slave
> system grappled with for nearly two centuries.
>
>> From slaves, the history of surveillance next turns to the infamous
> Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which restricted Chinese immigration to
> the United States. All Chinese laborers were forced to register with
> the government and subject themselves to being photographed and
> fingerprinted. A whole apparatus of surveillance was created.
>
> In the 1920s, government surveillance spread to political radicals,
> especially workers trying to organize union activity. J. Edgar Hoover
> headed this government surveillance unit which would later become the
> FBI. As the 20th century advanced, computer technology proved a
> powerful enhancement to the regime of surveillance. This allowed most
> devices and databases to be monitored and evaluated, including
> automobiles, Your car can be tracked by GPS, and your spending habits
> can be gleaned from accessing your credit card records. Internet and
> email are monitored in the workplace and cameras are just about
> everywhere.
>
> For this show artists will explore the history of surveillance and how
> this affects us at this present time. They will in turn create work
> dealing with this theme which will include 2D work, installation, and
> new media.
>
> ARTISTS PARTICIPATING:
> Anni Holm
> Drew Browning and Annette Barbier
> Dustin Klare
> Elvia Rodriguez-Ochoa
> Finishing School
> Gretel Garcia
> Ian Simmons
> Jesus Macarena-Avila
> Noelle Mason
> Patricht Lichty
> Tom Sibley
> T.W. Li
> Venia Bechrakis
>
> http://polvo.org/echelon.html
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