The Unselected of the Pinwale: James Malzahn

  • Dates:January 11, 2018 - February 17, 2018 ( Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday )
  • Location:Gallery 1C03 - University of Winnipeg
  • City:Winnipeg
  • Times:Monday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Saturday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Admission:Free Admission
  • Address: 515 Portage Avenue Winnipeg , MB
  • Phone: (204) 786-9253
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  • Region: Winnipeg

Gallery 1C03 presents a series of photographs in its public foyer from January 11 – February 17, 2018 by local interdisciplinary artist James Malzahn that critically respond to government-led mass surveillance programs. These works are presented in conjunction with Gallery 1C03’s main exhibition What Flies Above which explores the socio-political implications of drones.

The Unselected of the Pinwale specifically references Optic Nerve, a mass surveillance program run by the British signals intelligence agency GCHQ and the National Security Agency of the United States of America that collected private webcam still images from users known as the “unselected”. Optic Nerve sought to build a global facial recognition database by secretly capturing still images of millions of users communicating in public and private chat rooms. Other operations monitor and record communications such as email, chat, and messaging. Users are automatically tagged when certain keywords are detected which results in their communications being stored in the massive collection and retrieval system known as Pinwale.

Image: James Malzahn, Unselected #801142828, 2017, digital print, 30" x 30"

The Unselected of the Pinwale: James Malzahn
  • (204) 786-9253
  • 515 Portage Avenue
  • Winnipeg , MB