Niels Van Tomme, curator of Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen, will address the ways in which artistic observations of global military operations pose thought-provoking questions about image-making. What is ultimately the responsibility of artists in capturing, or revealing such processes? For the second part of the program, Gallery 400 Director Lorelei Stewart will lead a discussion with Van Tomme.
Niels Van Tomme (born 1977) is a New York-based curator, researcher, and critic working on the intersections of contemporary culture, politics, and aesthetics. Currently associated with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC in Baltimore, he merges academic research with accessible, and often confrontational exhibition making. His latest book, Aesthetic Justice, Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives, co-edited with Pascal Gielen, is forthcoming as part of the Antennae Series, Arts in Society by Valiz, Amsterdam. He is the appointed curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale, set for May 26th - July 17th, 2016.