Index of the Disappeared: Watch This Space and Index of the Disappeared: Parasitic Archive Opening Reception and Artists’ Talk

When 18 Apr 2014
6:30PM - 9:00PM
Where NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center, The Richard Ettinghausen Library
255 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
United States
Enquiry 212 998 3700

To mark the opening of two site-specific installations at NYU, Index of the Disappeared: Watch This Space and Index of the Disappeared: Parasitic ArchiveChitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani present their final talk as the 2013-14 A/P/A Institute Artists-in-Residence.

About the Exhibitions:

Index of the Disappeared: Parasitic Archive installs a library-within-a-library version of the Index archive in the Richard Ettinghausen Library at the NYU Kevorkian Center, integrating literary and media resources culled from the library’s collection, with primary source documents from the Index’s collection, to temporarily re-design the library environment.

Index of the Disappeared: Parasitic Archive will be on view at the Richard Ettinghausen Library, NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies (50 Washington Square South, entrance at 255 Sullivan Street) from April 7-May 12, 2014, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM except when occasional lectures take place. Please see neareaststudies.as.nyu.edu/page/events before planning your visit.

Index of the Disappeared: Watch This Space is a series of posters and installations created specifically for the NYU Kimmel Windows Gallery. The works on view reference techniques for both conducting and evading surveillance, and reflect the chilling effects of pervasive and invasive surveillance targeting communication systems and political speech. The exhibition’s title alludes to a strategy used by some librarians to circumvent gag orders imposed by National Security Letters, which demand access to patron records. These librarians have posted public signs that warn: “We have never been served an NSL; watch this space for the removal of this sign.”

Index of the Disappeared: Watch This Space will be on view in NYU’s Kimmel Windows Gallery from Tuesday, April 15-Monday, May 19, 2014. The windows are located on LaGuardia Place and West 3rd Street and are viewable from the street, 24/7.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 16.

Photo courtesy of Sean Donaher

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