This Saturday: Surveillance Cinema: James Coupe


Surveillance Cinema: James Coupe
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
Students and Henry Members FREE | General Public $5

In conjunction with the exhibition The Talent Show , on view from May 7, 2011 through August 21, The Henry Art Gallery invites you to join artist James Coupe for a screening and discussion of the artist’s recent work with ‘surveillance cinema’ in (re)collector,Surveillance Suite, and the web-based work Today, too, I experienced something I hope to understand in a few days.

James Coupe is an artist whose work focuses on emergent systems, aesthetic machines, autonomy, and networks. His recent work with ‘surveillance cinema’ explores the witting and un-witting relationship between the artist/participant and the viewer/participant. This method of ‘surveillance cinema’ utilizes computer vision software to extract demographic and behavioral information from video footage from a variety of sources including YouTube clips, studio footage, and surveillance camera feeds. The footage is then algorithmically reorganized and recontextualized into narratives, often using cinematic ‘templates’ such as Antonioni’s classic film Blow-Up.

James Coupe has exhibited both nationally and internationally, receiving awards from the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Board Innovation Award, Creative Capital and Artist’s Trust.

Couple’s lecture at the Henry is supported by the Seattle  Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

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