“Returning the Gaze” is an interactive online 3D exhibition which examines how different strategies of the ‘gaze’ could be used to undermine various forms of power structure and to promote forms of resistance. The idea is to use art and technology in combination with critical thinking to convey a powerful message about our contemporary condition. The exhibition displays a series of art projects along with videos of panel discussions with leading voices.
Returning the Gaze
This exhibition examines how various projects employing different strategies of the ‘gaze’ can be seen to undermine various forms of power structure and to promote forms of resistance. Krzystof Wodiczko’s public art installation depicts eyes projected onto drones to give voice and gaze to marginalized groups. Behnaz Farahi’s project explores how literal masks might hide or reveal new identities offering marginalized groups a means to develop their own secret language to undermine patriarchal authority. Memo Akten’s projects use AI to interrogate the mechanism of visual perception and reveal how our cultural upbringing influences how we see the world. Lastly, Lauren McCarthy’s project addresses how the line between the machine and human gaze can become blurred while the gaze of the observer can influence the social behavior of the observed.
The idea is to use art and technology in combination with critical thinking to convey a powerful message about our contemporary condition. The exhibition moves beyond the use of technology as an end itself in order to initiate a conversation about what it means to be human.
Amelia Jones, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Behnaz Farahi
In this panel discussion Amelia Jones (USC); Krzysztof Wodiczko (Harvard GSD), Behnaz Farahi (CSULB) are discussing „Transculturalism: The Space in Between“. As utopian fantasies of „global“ interconnectedness fade on relation to a global pandemic and burgeoning nationalisms, it is important to develop strategies to foster a sense of inclusion and overcome a culture of exclusion. This panel discussion addresses what role might art and design play to maintain a sense of transculturalism and how they might allow us to see things differently.
Lauren McCarthy, Memo Akten, Behnaz Farahi
In this panel discussion, Behnaz Farahi, Lauren Lee Carthy and Memo Akten are discussing the notion of „gaze“, „ways of seeing“ and „surveillance“ in the context of this group exhibition.
Krzystof Wodiczko, Behnaz Farahi, Memo Akten, Lauren Lee McCarthy (US)
This exhibition examines how different strategies of the ‘gaze’ could be used to undermine various forms of power structure and promote different forms of resistance. It does so by displaying either exhibits illustrating the gaze and voices of marginalized groups, or projects exploring how literal masks might hide or reveal identities. The idea is to use art and technology in combination with critical thinking to convey a powerful political message.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Art projects: Krzystof Wodiczko (Harvard GSD), Behnaz Farahi (CSULB, USC), Memo Akten (UCSD) Lauren Lee McCarthy (UCLA)
Organizers: Behnaz Farahi (Curator) Julian Ceipek (Exhibition/Software consultant)