MDOCS Forum - Space & Place Panel

Saturday, June 9, 2018
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Tang Teaching Museum Payne
Event Type
Panel Discussion

Image from Street Scenes by Jeremy Denis

How is watching and recording spacialized? From the perspectives of film, still photography, and forensic architecture, panelists present on the rules and norms that govern the ways in which places and the people in them are monitored and how surveillance technologies can be used towards justice.

Dan Miller is a researcher and designer with a background in cultural geography and mapmaking. He develops methods to critically engage geospatial data, media, and visualization in spatial justice work. At SITU, an interdisciplinary architectural practice, Dan facilitates research initiatives that support human rights defenders by applying design, digital reconstruction, mapping, and platform development to fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation. His work with SITU and the Spatial Practice as Evidence and Advocacy project has received recognition from SXSW’s Place By Design competition and has been exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Yale University Art Gallery. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Geography and German from Middlebury College and has taught urban and environmental sociology at Queens College, CUNY.

Benj Gerdes is an artist, writer, and organizer working in video, film, and related public formats, individually as well as collaboratively. He is interested in intersections of radical politics, knowledge production, and popular imagination. His work focuses on the affective and social consequences of economic and state regimes, often via historical research, as well as the critical methods through which art and cultural projects can contribute to social change in the present. His work has been exhibited and screened at venues including the Centre Pompidou, National Gallery of Art, New Museum, REDCAT Gallery, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Tate Modern. Writings have been published in October, The Journal of Aesthetics + Protest, Incite! and Rethinking Marxism. He has lectured and taught widely in the United States and internationally; prior to assuming his current position at LIU Post this included positions at Cooper Union, Bard College, and Parsons the New School for Art and Design.

Jeremy Dennis uses photography to capture the ineffable. His work is conceptually influenced by Herbert Randall, a local photographer in New York, along with Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson, and Philip Lorca Dicorcia and aims to capture the narrative quality of their imagery. He received a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Stony Brook in New York and used his time there to develop his artistic vision and develop new skills and techniques. His work has been displayed in several exhibitions at Stony Brook University, Pennsylvania State University and in Beijing, China. He’s most interested in creating images that tell stories and uses subtle formal elements and lighting to transform a scene into a layered composition that the viewer can decipher and reconstruct according to their own sensibility. He intentionally uses ambiguity to grant the viewer’s story enough space to change the meaning of his photographs with each viewing.

Jacqueline Olive is an independent filmmaker and transmedia producer with artist grants from Sundance, Independent Television Service, Firelight Media, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Catapult Film Fund, and more. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Florida Documentary Institute in 2007, she worked on the production team of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. Jacqueline is currently directing the documentary feature film, Always in Season, which explores the lingering impact of a century of lynching African Americans. Gaining experience with transmedia production as a fellow with the Bay Area Video Coalition, the National Black Programming Consortium New Media Institute, and, most recently, the Open Immersion VR Lab, sponsored by Ford Foundation, National Film Board of Canada, and Canadian Film Centre, Jacqueline is also producing a VR project that explores the film’s theme of dehumanization, offering strategies for moving confidently through the racialized public spaces that black women navigate daily.

This event is part of the MDOCS Forum - a series of public events combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around an annual theme. The symposium is free and open to the public.

This year, we will engage with the theme Surveil/Surveilled in documentary and analyze documentary as a form of surveillance, consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed, learn how to protect from surveillance, and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truth telling potentials. 

For a full list of MDOCS Forum events click HERE 

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