CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER PODCAST SERIES, MIRROR WITH A MEMORY
Mirror with a Memory is hosted by renowned American artist Martine Syms
Today, Carnegie Museum of Art announces the launch of its first-ever podcast, titled Mirror with a Memory, a six-part series hosted by renowned American artist Martine Syms. Mirror with a Memory investigates the intersection of photography, surveillance, and artificial intelligence (AI), expanding upon inquiries raised in the third iteration of CMOA’s Hillman Photography Initiative.
Each episode in the podcast series spotlights a different facet of the conversations surrounding AI and photography from biometrics and racial bias to the ways that we perceive the environment and international borders. The series features leading artists and thinkers in dialogue, including author and professor Simone Browne; filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara; artists Zach Blas, Sondra Perry, Lynn Hershman Leeson, American Artist, Stephanie Dinkins, and Stan Douglas; artist and academic Mimi Onuoha; leading AI researcher Kate Crawford; photographer Richard Misrach; technology writer Arthur Holland Michel; and Forensic Architecture founder Eyal Weizman. Unpacking the resounding impact of AI in our daily lives, the podcast also includes excerpts from audiovisual artworks such as Martha Rosler’s Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained (1977) and Sondra Perry’s IT’S IN THE GAME ’17 (2017). Running approximately 40 minutes, Mirror with a Memory podcast episodes are accessible to the public and available on cmoa.org.
The podcast accompanies the exhibition Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries, currently on view at Carnegie Museum of Art through March 14, 2021, plus the Mirror with a Memory publication.
LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 1 – EPISODE ONE: BIOMETRICS
Photography has been used as a tool to record our bodies from the creation of the first mugshots in the late 19th century to recent developments in facial recognition technology. In the first episode of Mirror with a Memory, Zach Blas and Manthia Diawara discuss what it means to leave it to machines to verify our identities.
LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 8 – EPISODE TWO: (IN)VISIBILITY
Episode two explores the benefits and disadvantages of going unseen by surveillance technologies. We examine notions of visibility and invisibility in the context of AI imaging systems with Simone Browne, Sondra Perry, and Mimi Onuoha.
LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 15 – EPISODE THREE: EVIDENCE
If we know that it is impossible for a photograph to be objective, then why do we rely so heavily on photography as evidence? Artists Lynn Hershman Leeson and American Artist respond to this question dissecting how AI complicates our relationship to pictures and the notion of visual “proof.”
LAUNCHING FEBRUARY 22 – EPISODE FOUR: STORYTELLING
In Episode four, we talk about the algorithmic potential of storytelling. Artists Stephanie Dinkins and Stan Douglas discuss how they use the language of photography, surveillance, and AI to narrate pasts and reimagine futures.
LAUNCHING MARCH 1 – EPISODE FIVE: LAND
What is the environmental impact of AI on our planet, and what colonial impulses does this technology enable? The series’ penultimate episode zooms out with leading AI researcher Kate Crawford, technology writer Arthur Holland Michel, and photographer Richard Misrach to look at how cameras are used to divide, extract, survey, and monitor landscapes.
LAUNCHING MARCH 8 – EPISODE SIX: POWER
Do we have the power to refuse mass surveillance? Mirror with a Memory’s final episode turns to Forensic Architecture founder Eyal Weizman, who explains how artists, activists, and researchers can use the tools of photography, surveillance, and AI to hold corporations, governments, and institutions accountable.
Episode one of Mirror with a Memory premieres today, February 1, 2021. Episode two will air on Monday, February 8, 2021.
Episode three will air on Monday, February 15, 2021.
Episode four will air on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Episode five will air on Monday, March 1, 2021. Episode six will air on Monday, March 8, 2021.
Free and streaming on CMOA’s website. Written transcripts accompany each podcast.
Mirror with a Memory is also available on all major streaming services and wherever you
get your podcasts.
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About the Hillman Photography Initiative
The Hillman Photography Initiative connects Carnegie Museum of Art with audiences to exchange new ideas about photography. By collaborating with individuals in and beyond the museum, the Initiative provides opportunities to experience innovative photography onsite and online.
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