50JPG -50 Days for Photography in Geneva 2016
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Exhibition: – 31 Jul 2016
Tue 31 May 18:00
CPG Centre de la Photographie Genève
28, rue des Bains
"CAMÉRA(AUTO)CONTRÔLE" - 50JPG 2016
Exhibition: 1 June to 31 July, 2016
Opening: Tuesday, 31 May, 6pm
The exhibition "Caméra(Auto)Contrôle" is the core of the 50JPG—50 Days for Photography in Geneva 2016. This 5th edition of the triennial takes us right into the burning issue of automated images, drones, selfies, social networks, data control and monitoring systems, through the works of more than 60 artists.
These days, we can 'celebrate' a quarter of century of the monitoring of public space by automated cameras worldwide. These cameras quite often bear a sticker with a smiley asking those being recorded, whether in a car park, at a supermarket check-out, or on public transport, to smile.
A number of artists, hackers and political activists have refused to smile, instead appropriating these surveillance devices momentarily. Their actions have remained isolated, because never before has a grassroot movement fought against the increasingly invasive presence of depersonalised cameras in public spaces. It has also been a quarter of a century in which street photographers, both amateur and professional, have met with hostility, or even aggression from citizens, the same citizens who submissively accept being recorded 24 hours a day, wherever they may be. This schizophrenic attitude might be interpreted as an internalisation of the passive acceptance of one’s image being monitored by unknown agents. The master stroke of this internalisation might well be the Selfie, where the citizen willingly smiles in front of his smartphone and shares this image of himself on social networks, and, in doing so, subjects himself to the most obvious social monitoring.
Here we are in the era of 'happy-selfexploitation' observed by philosopher Byung- Chul Han, who suggests that cognitive capitalism has brought about a paradigm shift. He replaces Michel Foucault’s bio-politics with the concept of psycho-politics, in which we, the 'users', participate with our own consent, not to say enthusiasm, in our own exploitation, by giving our images and other personal informations willingly to the giants of the Internet. Our informations is what forms their capital.
"Caméra(Auto)Contrôle"" focuses on a world contaminated by the Western lifestyle that nevertheless retains a few throwbacks to the old surveillance regime. The exhibition has developed an uncategorized approach in order to blend the most diverse positions between the optical control carried out by drones, the self-generated control wrought by Facebook, and a camera control exercised by counterpowers, be it the press or artists. The exhibition defends militant positions like the cheerful reappropriations of devices and systems of control that have been carried out.
Joerg Bader, curator / director of Center of Photography Geneva
As a prologue to the central exhibition, an online think tank conceived as a blog enables various guest contributors – theorist, curators, artists, art students, etc – to explore, develop, question and update different approaches of the issue. With contributions by Pascal Beausse, Maxime Boidy, Anselm Jappe, Marie Lechner, Jordi Vidal, Stephen Wright, Sarah Zurcher… Blog.50JPG.ch
OPENING WEEK EVENTS
The opening, on Tuesday 31 May, will be followed by 4 days of special events : public talks, debates, screenings, with international guests
Wednesday 1.6.2016 - 7pm
Jonas Staal Making Worlds, From The Society Of Control To Emancipatory Democracy
Thursday 2.6.2016 - 7pm
Re:Re Méditerranée – Performance Alchimicinéma by Jean-Marc Chapoulie
Friday 3.6.2016 - 7pm
Conversation between Marie-José Mondzain & Christian Lutz about the ban of the book Jesus' Name
Saturday 4.6.2016 - 11am
Round-table Caméra(Auto)Contrôle with Edmund Clark, Giacomo Bianchetti, Thomas Seelig, Marie-José Mondzain
The 50JPG also articulates cultural events (exhibitions, lectures, workshops) proposed by more than 30 spaces in the Geneva area (IN, exploring the Caméra(Auto)Contrôle issue / OFF, related to photography).
Supported by :
Ville de Genève / Fonds cantonal d’art contemporain, DIP, Genève / Fondation du Jubilé de la Mobilière Suisse / Loterie Romande / Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture / Volkart Foundation / U.S. Mission of Geneva / Pour-cent culturel Migros / Ernst Göhner Stiftung