[NetBehaviour] gallery at calit2 Exhibit Explores Themesof 'Exposure' and Surveillance

Eduardo Navas eduardo at navasse.net
Thu Mar 27 06:47:44 CET 2008

New Exhibit at UC San Diego¹s gallery at calit2 Explores Themes of ³Exposure²
and Surveillance
A Video Installation about Surveillance Pre-9/11, by Marie Sester
April 10-June 6, 2008
Artist Lecture: April 10, 4:30-5:30 PM, Room 4004
Reception at 6 PM
gallery at calit2
Atkinson Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Map & Directions: http://atkinsonhall.calit2.net/directions/
http://gallery.calit2.net <http://gallery.calit2.net/>
http://calit2.net <http://calit2.net/>
The gallery at calit2, part of the UC San Diego division of the California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), will
exhibit ³Exposure², a video installation by Marie Sester, from April 10 to
June 6, 2008.  The artist will lecture on April 10 at 4:30PM, and a
reception will follow at 6PM. ³Exposure² is a projection-based installation
consisting of images of x-rayed vehicles juxtaposed with architecture. The
installation was developed in 2001 as the fifth and last installment in a
series of video-based work that explores how X-ray imagery was used for
surveillance, pre-9/11.
Marie Sester is interested in the evolving role of surveillance in culture.
Her installations invite viewers to reconsider how reality changes as
surveillance increasingly becomes a natural part of our everyday lives.
Sester argues that our culture is obsessed with hyper-vigilance and control.
³Exposure² offers surveillance imagery consisting of x-rayed trucks
containing smuggled items, such as a Rolls Royce, three million cigarettes
embedded in scrap metal, and 2.5 tons of marijuana packed inside 896 rubber
bales. In one of the projections, an x-rayed truck is elegantly juxtaposed
with a house, which eventually overtakes the entire screen.  The house,
located in northern California¹s East Bay Hills, was scanned by laser.  The
juxtaposition of an exposed private space and privately-owned commercial
vehicles shows how technology can deliberately be used for surveillance,
treating all forms with an egalitarian structural approach, while
unexpectedly allowing the artist to expand the language of abstraction in
art practice: the images are beautiful as forms, yet violent because they
deconstruct the pervasive nature of x-ray technology when used as a form of
³Exposure² was originally exhibited as part of the exhibition ³Blind Vision:
Video and Limits of Perception² at the San Jose Museum of Art from August 4
through November 14, 2001.   Coincidentally, the tragic events of 9/11 took
place while the exhibition was on view.  ³Exposure,² then, serves as a
window to look back at the drastic adoption of emerging technologies to make
surveillance a routine part of our lives since 2001.  Marie Sester reflects
that today she, as an artist, would never have access to images like the
ones included in ³Exposure² due to the levels of control that entities,
which she approached in the past, have placed on their surveillance
³Exposure² was originally designed to be a six-channel installation, and was
commissioned as a two-channel installation by the San Jose Museum of Art.
gallery at calit2 will collaborate with Marie Sester and her assistant David
Lawrence to turn this artwork into a three-channel installation with the use
of contemporary technology currently developed and researched at Calit2.
³Exposure² was designed to be displayed with serial controllable DVD players
­ technology that is neither efficient nor relevant. Calit2 is taking the
opportunity to re-render the files in HD and manipulate them with a script
that will play the sequences as a three-channel installation.  This work is
spearheaded by Hector Bracho, Calit2¹s Media Specialist, in collaboration
with Joseph Keefe, Project Manager of the OptIPuter project
The collaboration with Marie Sester extends the gallery at calit2¹s interest in
the nexus of innovation implicit in Calit2's vision, and aims to advance our
understanding and appreciation of the dynamic interplay among art, science
and technology.
Calit2 is a partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine, and houses over
1,000 researchers organized around more than 50 projects on the future of
telecommunications and information technology and how these technologies
will transform a range of applications important to the economy and
citizens' quality of life. The institute has integrated new media arts into
its cross-disciplinary agenda.
Artist Bio:
Marie Sester is a media artist currently based in Los Angeles. Born in
France, she began her career as an architect, having earned her Master¹s
degree from the Ecole d¹Architecture in Strasbourg. Her interest shifted
from how to build structures to the manner in which place, cultural values,
and political ideas are intertwined and affect our understanding of the
world. Her work particularly questions the societal perspective of the West.
Sester¹s installation work has exhibited internationally, including in the
Kwangju Biennale, Korea (1997); Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (1998); San
Jose Museum of Art, USA (2001); SIGGRAPH, San Diego, USA (2003); Ars
Electronica, Linz, Austria (2003 and 2004); Villette Numérique, Paris,
France (2004); ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2005); LABoral Centro de Arte y
Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain (2007); Eyebeam, NY, USA (2007); and many
other venues.
She has had residencies at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences
(IAMAS), Japan (2002) and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
(2005). The artist has received grants from organizations including the New
York State Council for the Arts (2003), LEF Foundation (2004), and Franklin
Furnace Fund (2004). Marie Sester is a Creative Capital Grantee (New York,
2002) for her installation ³Access²
Arist website: http://www.sester.net <http://www.sester.net/>
Online information about ³Exposure²:
Prior interview with the artist:

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