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Silent Barn Public Meeting XII: The Personal Experience of Surveillance
Sep 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm| Free
The Personal Experience of Surveillance is a series of storytelling panel discussions across New York City that aims to build a shared understanding of the personal impact of surveillance across different kinds of everyday familiar people.
This is a free event open to people of all-ages, and donations are welcome.
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Ryan Devereaux – The Intercept
Ryan Devereaux is a Brooklyn-based journalist covering national security and criminal justice. His work has appeared at The Guardian, RollingStone.com, The Nation, Democracy Now!, The Village Voice, and elsewhere.
Adama Bah – ADAMA
On March 24, 2005, Adama Bah, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl, awoke at dawn to discover nearly a dozen armed FBI agents inside her family’s apartment in East Harlem. They arrested her and her father, Mamadou Bah, and a government document leaked to the press claimed that Adama was a potential suicide bomber but failed to provide any evidence to support this claim. Released after six weeks in detention, Adama was forced to live under partial house arrest with an ankle bracelet, a government-enforced curfew, and a court-issued gag order that prohibited her from speaking about her case. She would spend the next few years fighting for asylum and struggling to support her family in the United States and Guinea.
Adam Harvey – Privacy Gift Shop
Adam Harvey researches and develop art about privacy and counter-surveillance technologies, including the Privacy Gift Shop, an online marketplace for countersurveillance art and privacy products, and the Surveillance Trend Report, an art project about emerging surveillance and privacy technologies.
Bill Brown – (Surveillance Camera Players)
The Surveillance Camera Players (SCP) is a group of people who are unconditionally opposed to the installation and use of video surveillance cameras in public places. The SCP was formed in New York City in November 1996 by two groups of activists: one centered around Michael Carter, the author of “The Guerrilla Preprogramming of Video Surveillance Equipment” (1995), and the other around Bill Brown, fresh from the “Unabomber for President” campaign (1996). Both shared a strong interest in the theories and actions of the Situationist International, especially its use of “pranks” or detournement.
Julia Lipscomb – ABC No Rio, Vera Project, Silent Barn
Julia Lipscomb is a freelance writer, zinester and grad student in New York. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she worked for the Vera Project, Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP), and a variety of temp jobs. Julia is currently attending Pratt Institute for an M.P.S. in Arts & Cultural Management and volunteers in the zine library at ABC No Rio.
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Educated Little Monsters – Youth Art Collective
Bushwick’s youth group Educated Little Monsters (ELM) has a variety of programs for the youth in this neighborhood including dance groups, jewelry making, and movie nights. The ELM youth group will be debuting a special performance for this evening.
Piñata – Art Installation
by Adam Harvey & Sonya Belakhlef