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The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery in the Mississauga Civic Centre, just across Square One. Admission and parking are FREE.
SORTING DAEMONS: ART, SURVEILLANCE REGIMES AND SOCIAL CONTROL
Organized and Circulated by the Agnes Etherington Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10th, 6 pm
A free shuttle bus will depart from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto) at 7 pm to the reception. There will be an informal talk by co-curators Jan Allen and Sarah E.K. Smith at 8 pm. The shuttle will return at 9 pm.
Information-gathering systems increasingly affect our lives, tracking our movement and consumer preferences. Such “sorting daemons” reinforce existing streams of influence and quietly create new ones. The artists in this exhibition take measure of our relationship to surveillance by addressing its social, political and aesthetic dimensions. Photographer Dave Kemp’s Data Collection project, for instance, probes attitudes towards the circulation of personal information in a stunning array of identity card “portraits,” while David Rokeby’s haunting Sorting Daemon stages real-time capture and processing of the harvested images of passers-by.
The exhibition features works in a range of media – including painting, photography, video, installation and responsive electronic art. Setting a context for current concerns, the three-part video program draws on artists’ tapes produced over the past two decades. Sorting Daemons includes Canadian and international artists: Brenda Goldstein, Antonia Hirsch, Dave Kemp, Germaine Koh and Ian Verchere, Arnold Koroshegyi, Ruthann Lee, Michael Lewis, Jill Magid, Walid Ra’ad, Kathleen Ritter, David Rokeby, Tom Sherman, Cheryl Sourkes, Ryan Stec, and John Watt. An illustrated publication with critical essays on artists and the culture of surveillance, social sorting and data-aesthetics by Jan Allen, Kirsty Robertson and Sarah E.K. Smith accompanies the show.
Sorting Daemons is curated by Jan Allen and Sarah E.K. Smith. This exhibition and its associated publication are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council through the City of Kingston Arts Fund, The New Transparency SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University.