Te Whare Hēra Eavesdropping Residency is a partnership with City Gallery Wellington, supported by Creative Victoria, Australia.
Eavesdropping used to be a crime, but now it’s everywhere. Eavesdropping explores the politics of listening in our post-Snowden moment. But it isn’t just about big data, surveillance, and security—it’s also about our personal responsibilities listening back to power, as earwitnesses. The exhibition explores diverse technologies (audiotape, radio telescope, networked intelligence) and politics (surveillance, settler colonialism, detention). Scale ranges from the intimate to the forensic, the microscopic to the cosmic, the split second to the interminable.
The show features works by an international line-up of artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Fayen d’Evie and Jen Bervin, Sean Dockray, the Manus Recording Project Collective, Susan Schuppli, Joel Spring, and Samson Young. It’s an ongoing collaboration between Liquid Architecture and Melbourne Law School and was first presented last year at Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.
Te Whare Hēra Eavesdropping Residency comprises a series of short residencies in the city for exhibiting artists based in Victoria, Australia. It will support events and engagements with the Wellington public and Massey University students along the course of the exhibition.
Eavesdropping runs from 17th August–17th November 2019 at City Gallery Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square.