This project juxtaposes four new images of spectacle and surveillance from seemingly unrelated contexts to explore questions of information and state power. These images visualize an information society: from the hidden anti-Soviet surveillance infrastructures of the Cold War in Berlin and Beijing; to near-identical subway cars with awe-inspiring photographs of the “dear leaders” in Pyongyang; to a Microsoft commercial announcing the availability of new security updates in Berlin.
Lam is a visual artist and historian. He uses photographic and cinematographic techniques to create visual narratives of urban transformation, social displacement, dispossession, ruins, and ruination. Lam has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Museum of Asian Art Berlin. He is a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
Artist talk during the opening reception, 6pm.