Sign Stealing

Off the Screen! Speaker Series
  • AAFF


North Quad Space 2435 Sat, Mar 26, 2022 11:00 AM


11am | North Quad 2435


Artist Megan Young introduces the Sign Stealing project, considering aerial surveillance and predictive policing through creative practice and public experiments. A series of experimental shorts feature footage from semi-autonomous drones tracking participants playing simple games in public spaces. They point to the entrenched culture of surveillance in the United States and to the general acceptance of this behavior. They include AI data processing iconography and text-based reminders that these technologies, for better or worse, are shaped through human experience. Combining kinesthetic exploration and political activism, the images, patterns, and boundaries reflect visions for a free and limitless future.


Megan Young’s interdisciplinary practice utilizes collective action and radical archiving to disrupt unjust power structures. Exhibition credits include ISEA, Biennial Symposium of Arts & Technology, Art Souterrain, and Open Engagement. Recent awards include a Knight Foundation grant and CEC ArtsLink residency in Armenia. Young holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts and media from Columbia College Chicago and teaches courses on contemporary visual practices for Cleveland Institute of Art.