Astro noise : a survival guide for living under total surveillance / Laura Poitras ; with an introduction by Jay Sanders and contributions by Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum, Lakhdar Boumedien, Kate Crawford, Alex Danchev, Cory Doctorow, Dave Eggers, Jill Magrid, Trevor Paglen, Edward Snowden, and Hito Steyerl.

Poitras, Laura, artist.
Other Title:
Astro noise : a survival guide
Laura Poitras : astro noise
New York : Whitney Museum of American Art, [2016] , ©2016
New Haven : Distributed by Yale University Press
241 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Poitras, Laura -- Exhibitions.
Installations (Art) -- United States -- Exhibitions.
Documentary films -- United States -- History -- 21st century -- Exhibitions.
Art -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 21st century -- Exhibitions.
Electronic surveillance -- United States -- History -- 21st century -- Exhibitions.
"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.
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 [section symbol] 371 / Federal Bureau of Investigation
Troublemakers: Laura Poitras and the problem of dissent / Alex Danchev
"Anarchist" image index.
Published on the occasion of the the exhibition "Laura Poitras: Astro Noise," curated by Jay Sanders at the Whitney Museum of American Art, February 5 - May 15, 2016.
Includes bibliographical references and image index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Martin and Margy Meyerson Endowment Fund for the Built Environment Collections.
Sanders, Jay, 1975- writer of introduction.
Ai, Weiwei, writer of added text.
Whitney Museum of American Art, host institution, publisher.
Martin and Margy Meyerson Endowment Fund for the Built Environment Collections.
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