“Watched!” TalkSeePhotography April

For the first of two TalkSeePhotography events taking place in April is looking at surveillance.  “Watched !”promises a rich and exiting introductions to the different counter practices that examines this increasingly ever present phenomena.

We are delighted and very proud to host Dr. Louise Wolthers, curator and research manager at the Hasselblad Foundation in Göteborg, Sweden Glasgow University Dr and Justine Gangneux Glasgow University who will discuss aspects of surveillance in art and in society.

Wolthers will speak about her research ‘WATCHED! Surveillance Art and Photography After the Millennium – Northern Europe in Focus’ and Justine Gangneux will speak about her project Surveillance Technologies under Scrutiny: the Perceptions and Experiences of Young People in Glasgow.

The session will be chaired by Devin Karambelas from the University of Edinburgh. Devin is one of the key people behind the event at the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival titled “Surveillance: Now Playing” .

Whilst surveillance has always historically been linked closely to the photographic medium, contemporary surveillance practices (dataveillance, biometric tracking etc.) are increasingly post-photographic as well as ‘post-panoptic’. These contemporary
technologies and practices of surveillance, which are highly informed by the digitization of photography and other lens-based media, are still linked to notions of vision, visibility and monitoring. This means that visual media – and particularly photographic practices – offer strategies of counter-surveillance as well as being inclusive, enabling monitoring of vulnerable subjects.

Discussing a range of recent cases of photographic registration together with examples of lens-based art works,  Dr. Wolthers talk will point to how various types of everyday surveillance becomes a constitutive part of contemporary social life. New forms of discrimination and segregation emerge as do new means of empowerment and ‘sousveillance’.”

Dr. Wolthers is a highly respected researcher whose work is regularly published internationally. Dr. Wolthers has curated exhibitions at institutions such as The National Museum of Photography and The National Gallery of Denmark. She has co- exhibitions such as ‘Lost and Found: Queerying the Archive’ (2009-2010) and ‘Places: Denmark in Transition’ (2010-2012), both of which have been exhibited internationally.

Justine will discuss a participatory research project she conducted looking at young people’s perceptions of ‘everyday encounters’ with surveillance in Glasgow. The talk draw on pictures provided by participants as well as group discussions, to critically discuss the dynamics of surveillance. It will engage with practical and conceptual limitations addressed to the project in terms of participation, photography, (dis)empowerment, and wider contribution to research.

Justine Gangneux is currently doing a PhD in sociology at Glasgow University looking at young people’s understandings of social media and peer scrutiny. Her current research focuses on social media as a mean of social sorting and of normalisation of surveillance practices in personal relationships. Her research interests include social media and new technologies, surveillance, youth studies, work/leisure, and inclusion/exclusion.

Devin Karambelas is pursuing her Masters in Film, Exhibition & Curation. She also work as a special projects coordinator at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival and a volunteer coordinator for the New Town Community Cinema, a pop-up cinema specialising in independent and art house films in Edinburgh. Before arriving in Scotland she worked for Vermont Public Radio in and WGBH’s Boston Public Radio. She also interned for US Sen. Bernie Sanders right around the time of the Edward Snowden/NSA fallout.. “I think this was when I first began studying surveillance practices” (Devin)