Shows: July 7, 2014

Photo for 'Challenging the Myth of Surveillance'
Courtesy of Ryan Wong

Challenging the Myth of Surveillance

As the prevalence of surveillance technologies and practices have dramatically increased both internationally and domestically, media activists and community organizers remind us the complex nature of surveillance as a tool of state power, as well as how different communities are affected by such a systemic apparatus. In April of this year, 2014, a representative of a group called ICU Oakland gave a talk in the Bay Area focusing on the need to re-configure public understanding of the surveillance discourse. Salima Hamirani, provided a critical and alternative perspective on how surveillance has impacted marginalized and disenfranchised communities, since its inception.

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Racism in the Art World

The Whitney Museum’s 2014 biennial opened with controversy and criticism when the Yams Collective, a multidisciplinary group of artists who describe themselves as “representing the African diaspora", withdrew their contribution to the exhibit in response to the inclusion of the work of Joe Scanlan, a white male artist who is currently the Director of Visual Arts at Princeton University. APF sat down with Ryan Wong, one of New York’s rising young curators and we asked Ryan to speak about the Biennial and the reality of the mainstream art world’s general inability to confront racism and racial violence in works of art, as well as issues of representation of artists of color, specifically Asian American artists.

As a response to the controversy surrounding Joe Scanlan's presence at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Ryan wrote a satirical piece entitled, " I am Joe Scanlan."

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Music of the Asian American Movement in NYC

We bring you music from activist musicians, Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, and "Charlie" Chin. Their album, "A Grain of Sand: Music for the struggle by Asians in America" was featured last winter at the Interference Archive as a part of the exhibit, " Serve the People: The Asian American movement in New York," curated by Ryan Wong.

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