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Watching You, Watching Me Exhibit: Public Programs

  • When
  • November 4, 2014
    4:00 a.m. until
    November 20, 2014
    5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Where
  • Programs

Watching You, Watching Me—the 22nd installment of the Open Society Foundations’ Moving Walls exhibition—explores how photography can be both an instrument of surveillance and a tool to expose and challenge its negative impact. Employing a dynamic range of approaches, the 10 exhibition artists provide a satellite-to-street view of the ways in which surveillance culture blurs the boundaries between the private and public realm.

Tuesday, November 4

Open House & Artist Talks

Join us on opening day of the exhibition for an open house and artist talk series at Open Society Foundations–New York. The artist talk series will continue into the evening with additional programming at the Penumbra Foundation. Detailed schedule below:

Who’s Watching?

  • Mari Bastashevski
  • Simon Menner
  • Edu Bayer

Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Location: Open Society Foundations–New York

Looking Down, From Up Above

  • Julian Roeder
  • Andrew Hammerand
  • Mishka Henner

Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: Open Society Foundations–New York

Who’s Public?

  • Tomas van Houtryve
  • Paolo Cirio

Presented in partnership with Penumbra Foundation’s artist lecture program, the Penumbra Lecture Series. The series brings to life the work of featured photographers and other notable guests, offering a unique opportunity to engage with them about their work and process in an intimate setting. Moderated by Harper’s Magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson.

Time: 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Penumbra Foundation


Thursday, November 13

Surveillance Photography: Personal, Public, and Profit

Presented in partnership with the School of Visual Arts Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography. In an age of pervasive public monitoring and personal sharing, can individual privacy really exist? The advent of drone and smartphone photography, metadata mining, and wearable cameras has had an effect on anyone who walks down a street, uses email, posts a video, or searches online for companionship. This panel features Watching You, Watching Me artists Andrew Hammerand and Josh Begley, as well as artist Hye-Ryoung Min and representatives from Placemeter and Narrative Clip.

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: SVA Amphitheater


Wednesday, November 19


  • Hasan Elahi
  • Josh Begley

This conversation is the final installment of our four-part artist talk series. 

Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Location: Open Society Foundations–New York
RSVP: See event details


Thursday, November 20

Enabling Repression, Exporting Surveillance, and Silencing Dissent

Privacy International discusses the impact of the surveillance technology industry and releases a new report, Private Interests: Monitoring Central Asia, detailing its investigation into the sale of surveillance technologies to Central Asian governments.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Open Society Foundations–New York
RSVP: See event details

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