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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 11:35am - 11:55am
Fight The Future: Building Walls Of Resistance

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Opening on the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, Ash Lounsbury’s installation Fight the Future looks at the development of civilian surveillance in a post-9/11 world. Using interdisciplinary methods of sculpture and new media, Fight the Future offers a projection for a coming era of absolute surveillance via personal and home-integrated technology. Discarded goods constructing immersive environments comment on the liquid modernity of cybernetic technologies, the deluge of data produced or mined by those technologies, and the user’s own complicity in undermining traditions of privacy. With the use of projected text taking leaf from Jenny Holzer, the installation reminds viewers of the risks to privacy they are already taking. How can activism rise in a policed state? How can freedom of speech exist in a controlled virtual space? How can a people go against a government that potentially has access to such banal information as how many steps they took that day? These questions inform Lounsbury’s process of creating dystopian, anxiety-filled environments.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:35am - 11:55am
237 Owen Hall