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Wed Sep 3 18:15:48 CEST 2014

Exhibition Opening
Decolonized Skies
organized by: High&Low Bureau
(Yael Messer and Gilad Reich)

Opening reception: September 10: 6-8 pm
On view: September 11 -- October 25, 2014
Tue, Sep 16: 7 pm - Curator Talk: Rethinking the View from Above
Thu, Sep 18: 7 pm - Panel Discussion: The New Cartography	 Featuring  
work by:
Bik Van der Pol
Effi & Amir
Peter Fend
George R. Lawrence
Ruben Pater
Forensic Architecture

George R. Lawrence, San Francisco earthquake ruins, 1906
Since the invention of aerial photography during the last decades of  
the 19th century, the sky above our heads has become a territory  
subjected to militarized conflicts over mastery and command. Following  
this evolution, the view from above has become associated with state  
control and corporate power. This reality is even more apparent in  
recent years with the excessive worldwide use of drones and other  
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for purposes of surveillance and  
destruction. Parallel to this disturbing rising trend, and in many  
respects as a response to it, an increasing number of artists,  
activists, scientists, and designers from different regions seek ways  
to use today's technology to re-appropriate the sky and reclaim the  
view from above.

These efforts and experiments stand at the center of Decolonized  
Skies, an exhibition that brings together artists and groups of  
practitioners from a variety of disciplines. They attempt to  
decolonize the aerial point of view and the visuality it produces by  
manipulating satellite images, operating hand-made UAVs, and creating  
new mapping systems in a search for civilian-oriented visual and  
political imagery. The exhibition explores the new visual strategies  
generated by the democratization of the view from above for the  
production and distribution of civilian knowledge. It underscores the  
empowering potential of civilian action while questioning the very  
notion of "democratization." The assemblage of videos, maps, computer  
programs, sound bites, and images offers alternative strategies for  
engaging with and obtaining information about local socio-political  

A winner of the 2014-15 Unsolicited Proposal Program, along with Foot  
Notes: On the Sensations of Tone and Profiled: Surveillance of a  
Sharing Society.

apexart's exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the  
Affirmation Arts Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The  
Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides  
Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and with public funds  
from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York  
State Council on the Arts.

Image courtesy of Chicago History Museum.
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