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Pages from Tom, 2013, Doug Rickard
© Surveillance Index, Edition One


Performing Books #1

Laia Abril » Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin » Merry Alpern » Viktoria Binschtok » Mohamed Bourouissa » Sophie Calle » Edmund Clark » Anne Collier » Tiane Doan na Champassak » Uri Gershuni » John Gossage » Fred Hüning » Mishka Henner » Esther Hovers » Thomas Mailaender » David Maisel » Taiji Matsue » Daniel Mayrit » Daidō Moriyama » Trevor Paglen » Jon Rafman » Doug Rickard » Richard Ross » Jules Spinatsch » Andrzej Steinbach » Katja Stuke » Ai Weiwei » Michael Wolf » Donovan Wylie » Kohei Yoshiyuki » & others

Exhibition: 10 Jan – 27 Jan 2018


6, Impasse de la Défense
75018 Paris

+33 (0)1-44707550


Wed 12-20, Thu-Sun 12-19

Double page from Dutch Landscapes, Mishka Henner, 2011
© Surveillance Index, Edition One


Exhibition: 10 – 27 January, 2018
Opening: Wednesday, 10 January, 7pm

LE BAL is launching "Performing Books". This new Bal Books initiative will present a collection every January selected by an artist, researcher, or book lover on a specific theme. LE BAL will turn into a research laboratory focused on books’ role as a political gesture and a critical reflection of our society. The first Performing Books event is dedicated to Surveillance Index.

Compiled by the American Mark Ghuneim, his collection of over 200 photography books explores "the golden age of surveillance – ours" and its visible and invisible inner workings. An expert observer of technological innovation, aware of the challenges of protecting his private life very early on, Ghuneim investigates all the lawful and unlawful procedures the State has put in place to watch its citizens. In the early 1990s, he listed all the CCTV cameras in the streets of New York and created an interactive map which takes you through the parts of Manhattan that aren’t under surveillance with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In 2009, six years before the Snowden affair, Ghuneim began collecting books by artists and photographers about "people who watch and those they are watching" men, machines, institutions, governments, spies, hackers, voyeurs and egotists. In the LE BAL Gallery, over 200 books from his collection Surveillance Index will be made available to the public.

"The iconography of surveillance is part of our daily lives and has inspire a multitude of works of art" Mark Ghuneim.

In the spirit of a genuine "artistic alert", Ghuneim is raising the alarm, using this collection and the plethora of visual material it represents as a wake-up call raising awareness and resistance. Which personal and collective civil liberties are we sacrificing at the altar of security? How do our personal, intimate, identifying desires create the tools to control us? Which political, social, cultural and legal incidents has this provoked? What behaviour can we adopt in order to disappear from the CCTV screens and meta-databases? To discuss these questions and stimulate public debate, LE BAL has invited sociologists, activists, artists, thinkers and journalists to participate in the programme. Mark Ghuneim will open Performing Books by discussing the starting point and activist nature of his collection and his self-published 2017 book Surveillance Index which details the inventory of his findings.

Double page from Könnte Sein, Katja Stuke, 2008
© Surveillance Index, Edition One


* Wednesday 10 January
19.00 – Opening – Collapsing Market/ DJ Set

* Thursday 11 January
20:00 – An audience with Mark Ghuneim

* Friday 12 January
20:00 Screening - Somewhere to disappear attended by the director Laure Flammarion

* Saturday 13 January
16:00 Signing & Book Launch Parental Advisory (RVB Books) by Thomas Mailender & False Positives (FW Books) by Esther Hovers

17:00 Presentation of Wikiland 2 & 3 with Klara Källstrom & Thobias Faldt and General view by Thomas Albdorf (other guests to be announced)

* Saturday 20 January
10:00 - 18:00 Workshop - Mishka Henner More information: le-bal.fr

20:00 Scorpion Violente / Concert
More information visit: le-bal.fr

* Wednesday 24 January
20:00 Mondkopf / Concert

* Saturday 27 January
15:00 Cryptoparty - "How to protect your online data?" With the hacker space Reset
16:00 An audience with Lewis Bush followed by a book signing of Shadows of the State

Double page from Architecture of Authority, Richard Ross, 2007
© Surveillance Index, Edition One
Double page from Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes, Trevor Paglen, 2010
© Surveillance Index, Edition One