"Laura Poitras: Astro Noise" is the first solo museum exhibition by artist, filmmaker, and journalist Laura Poitras. This immersive installation of new work builds on topics important to Poitras, including mass surveillance, the war on terror, the U.S. drone program, Guantánamo Bay Prison, occupation, and torture. For the exhibition, Poitras is creating an interrelated series of installations in the Whitney's eighth-floor Hurst Family Galleries. The exhibition expands on her project to document post-9/11 America, engaging visitors in formats outside her non-fiction filmmaking. Instead she will create immersive environments that incorporate documentary footage, architectural interventions, primary documents, and narrative structures to invite visitors to interact with the material in strikingly intimate and direct ways. The title, "Astro Noise", refers to the faint background disturbance of thermal radiation left over from the Big Bang and is the name Edward Snowden gave to an encrypted file containing evidence of mass surveillance by the National security Agency that he shared with Poitras in 2013. The Snowden archive partially inspired Poitras's presentation at the Whitney-- Whitney.org.
Published on the occasion of the the exhibition "Laura Poitras: Astro Noise," at the Whitney Museum of American Art, February 5 - May 15, 2016.
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Foreword / Adam D. Weinberg Introduction / Jay Sanders The adventure of the extraordinary rendition / Cory Doctorow We were the other / Lakhdar Boumediene Surveillance / Ai Weiwei Berlin journal / Laura Poitras Listening to the moons / Trevor Paglen Astro noise / Edward Snowden Circle democracy / Dave Eggers Asking the oracle / Kate Crawford Letter to a young selector / Jacob Appelbaum Medya: autonomy of images / Hito Steyerl Glossary / Jill Magid 18 USC 371 / Federal Bureau of Investigation Troublemakers: Laura Poitras and the problem of dissent / Alex Danchev Acknowledgments "Anarchist" image index.
PN1998.3.P647 P65 2016
New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, 
New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press.