Fotomuseum Winterthur | Online Events | Wednesday, 15.05.2024, 19:00–20:00

Screen Walk with Sam Lavigne

Sam Lavigne will take the audience on a guided tour of building a facial recognition system able to identify members of the New York Police Department. Drawing on Lavigne's practice of ‘scrapism’ (the use of web scraping for artistic and political ends), the tour will begin with an attempt to scrape the faces of every single cop in New York City from a variety of websites. Lavigne will then provide a performative technical tutorial on how to input this dataset into off-the-shelf facial recognition systems and make an app able to identify cops with a smartphone. Which cop do you most resemble? Who is the saddest cop in New York City? What is the most popular cop name? Tune in to discover the answers to these questions and more!

In Screen Walks, a series of live-streamed explorations of digital spaces, selected artists and researchers investigate artistic strategies taking place online. The project gives an insight into practices using the screen as a medium. From re-contextualising pictures found on online marketplaces and uncovering data brokers’ invisible circulation of images to analysing in-game photography and the social, political and economic implications of games – Screen Walks examines various approaches, offers a behind-the-scenes look at artists’ work and uncovers new, current and forgotten digital spaces. Screen Walks is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Fotomuseum Winterthur.

The event is free and takes place on Zoom. Details on how to access the talk will be confirmed upon registration. REGISTER HERE.

Sam Lavigne is an artist and educator whose work deals with data, surveillance, cops, natural language processing and automation. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

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