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March 05-08, 2020

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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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DIALOGIC: Machine Vision

Marcus DeSieno (I), Michael Borowski (I), Derek Stroup (L), Marijana Rayl (L)

Saturday, March 07 - 9:00AM to 10:45AM
Galleria I&II

Machine Visions: Photography in the Age of Surveillance, Marcus DeSieno
Marcus DeSieno's photographic works investigate the various forms of our global surveillance state as he hacks into surveillance cameras and collaborates with computer programmers to create custom facial recognition algorithms. These ongoing projects are a performative way to interact with digital tools of control and express to the viewer just how omnipresent this technology is in our society today.  Ultimately, at the core of his work is a conversation about our reliance on this visual technology as a mechanism of power and what this means for our future as this technology continues to evolve.

Through the Swift, Black Night: The Landscape and Machine Vision, Michael Borowski
With the current expansion of cameras integrated into smart devices there is a need to critically examine machine vision. Michael Borowski's series Through the Swift, Black Night depicts the landscapes of Appalachia through 360-degree LIDAR scanning. Part of an ongoing exploration of rural science fictions, his black and white point cloud images speculate on the impact of autonomous vehicles on the region. The series questions the analogy of the camera to the human eye, expanding notions of what a photography can be.

Swimming in Digital Shadows: The Sensation of Non-Surveillance, Derek Stroup
What is the sensation of non-surveillance? What does it feel like to know that you are unmonitored? We know we are visible most of the time⎯we appear on surveillance cameras in public, we are visible in our browsing history, and as we do anything with our cell phones, data contrails stream behind us into our shared digital sky. But what happens when our surveilles make a strategic decision to not see us? This presentation will consider hotel swimming pools, the streets of New York, and art produced in the suburbs of the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

 Marijana Rayl


Derek Stroup
Derek Stroup
Marcus DeSieno
Marcus DeSieno
Michael Borowski
Michael Borowski

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