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Saturday, October 7, 2023 11am to 4pm

Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments View map

1 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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This timely exhibit considers surveillance beyond the realm of cameras and their watchers, exposing the profound influence of data. Learn about the historical instruments that have been used to transform individuals and landscapes into data. Uncover how powerful entities, from colonial empires to U.S. intelligence agencies, have harnessed surveillance data to produce and perpetuate hierarchies of human difference. Immerse yourself in interactive critical artworks that challenge and resist surveillance through data. Look beyond vision and toward data to reveal an elusive, and now ubiquitous, form of visibility.


Image: Facial Recognition by Machine; Experiments by Panoramic Research, Inc., 1965-1968. Public Domain; from the Woodrow “Woody” W. Bledsoe Papers, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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