Hawk Eye View

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
Community Exhibition Gallery
Stéfy McKnight

Hawk Eye View (2015) is an exhibition that looks at the history of third party surveillance in North America. Considering Snowden’s revelations (2013), Hawk Eye View explicitly looks at NSA and CSIS sites through Google Earth imagery.  Google is eminent for providing users access to maps and detailed images of geographical spaces. Google Maps and Earth retrieve user metadata via GPS, direction searches and IP addresses.

The overall theme of this exhibition is revealing concealed spaces. Hawk Eye View is an assortment of installations: wallpaper, ‘maquettes’, banners and prints of NSA and CSIS headquarters. Interactively, viewers will load information and addresses of the intelligence sites using a QRcode reader on their mobile device. The surveillance gaze shifts by giving viewers the tools to observe the institutions that are normally doing the ‘surveilling’.