Vision and Technology: Toward a More Just Future

ICP and Eyebeam present a free, daylong symposium examining representation and privacy in the digital age.
Apr 30, 2018
ICP and Eyebeam present a free, daylong symposium examining representation and privacy in the digital age.

Monday, May 14 | 9:30 AM–5:30 PM
Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY)
After party to follow at Eyebeam (199 Cook Street, Brooklyn, NY)

VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future addresses the implications of visuality, representation, and privacy in the age of surveillance and big data. It convenes artists, technologists, and scholars to explore questions around creativity, new media, and equity in our contemporary moment. With an eye to issues of representation in our hypermediated world, this day-long symposium takes an intersectional approach, centering women, LGBTQ+ folks, and people of color in conversations about vision and justice. It will feature dialogues, panel discussions, and interactive lunch sessions, as well as a keynote address by artist and scholar micha cárdenas. Participants include Morehshin Allahyari, Stephanie Dinkins, Surya Mattu, Chloë Bass, Caroline Woolard, Harris Kornstein, Sarah Aoun, American Artist, Ramsey Nasser, Tonia B******, Mimi Onuoha, Harlo Holmes, Nora Khan, Ari Melenciano, and Salome Asega.

“What does it mean for us to build toward just futures for our human and post-human selves, and how can visual technologies help both facilitate democratized representation and protect everyday security and privacy? These are just two of the questions we’ll be tackling over the course of this event,” says Paul A. Rogers, director of content and public programming at ICP.

Attendees are also invited to join an afternoon tour of Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction, currently on view at the Knockdown Center. And, at 6 PM, Eyebeam opens its doors for Eyebeam Assembly: AFTERCARE, a post-symposium after party with performances, installations, and vibes curated by Topical Cream. Both the symposium and after party are free with RSVP.

VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future is organzied by the Center for Visual Culture at ICP and curated by Post-Graduate Fellow Reya Sehgal.

About ICP

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Founded by Cornell Capa in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—in which the reproduced image is both a catalyst and record of social change—ICP’s mission endures even as the medium and practices of socially engaged imagemaking have changed. Through its new museum, located at 250 Bowery, as well as exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since its founding, more than 700 exhibitions and thousands of classes have been presented, providing instruction at every level. ICP brings together photographers and artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the world of the image, exploring photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change. Learn more at

About the Center for Visual Culture

Established in 2016, the Center for Visual Culture strengthens public humanities programming and content development at ICP. The Center brings together diverse communities—museumgoers, students, alumni, faculty, and members—to lead cross-disciplinary discourse and public engagement about the ever-transforming photographic practice and the impact of visual culture in today’s society. ICP’s Center for Visual Culture and accompanying programs have been made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support for public programs has been provided by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

About Our Partners

Founded in 1998, Eyebeam was the very first critical space of its kind: a place to think creatively about how technology was transforming our society. Eyebeam has given time, space, and money to artists whose work has shaped our world—including the first-ever social sharing tool ReBlog, electronic toys startup littleBits, and the pioneering net art of Cory Arcangel. Eyebeam aims to ensure artists become central in the invention and design of our shared future. Everything is guided by a focus on Eyebeam’s core values: openness, invention, and justice.

Topical Cream is a nonprofit covering women, femmes, and gender-nonconforming individuals in contemporary art. Since 2013, the New York–based platform has supported a community of artists, writers, designers, and technologists through digital publishing and public programming initiatives.

Knockdown Center is an art and performance space dedicated to cross-disciplinary projects and collaborations.