Witnessing

Art installation, Zine, Web archive & Book

Conceived of as a response to the 2016 exhibit “Witness” at New Westminster’s New Media Gallery (Joyce and Duggan 2016), “Witnessing” is a series of three projects developed by students at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Art and Technology (SIAT). The projects, including you.got.a.pic?, all address the thematic issues raised in the Witness exhibit, that of human machine communication and mutual surveillance. Each new media work demonstrated the uneasy marriage of our shared technological fears and desires. The project was published as a book, Witnessing, in 2017.

An installation version of “Witnessing” was shown at the AHVA Gallery at the Audain Art Centre as part of the recent symposium “Under Super Vision” in the Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) program at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

A web-based version will appear in Immediacy, an online media journal published by The New School of Media of Studies, New York.

A downloadable Witnessing zine is imagined as a future archive of humanities’ attempts to communicate with an all-seeing machine. The Zine includes the analog counter-parts to the digital projects, and encourages the reader to contemplate how future machine might learn of our thoughts, memories, languages, and visions.