The SCHIRN dedicates an exhibition to the fascination of espionage as source of current artistic inspiration

WE NEVER SLEEP

26 June – 27 September 2020

Espionage is linked to obtaining rare secrets or confidential information without the permission of the beholder. If in the past, national governments spied on individuals or states, in times of digital communication private individuals are in the capacity of revealing hidden governmental secrets or whistle-blowers fight their government’s spying their own citizens. This created perfect grounds for a renewed interest in the mechanisms of secrecy. The SCHIRN dedicates an exhibition to the fascination of espionage as source of current artistic inspiration. International artists such Simon Denny, Rodney Graham, Gabriel Lester, Metahaven, Trevor Paglen, Noam Toran, Suzanne Treister and Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas address the topic from a contemporary perspective with their works touching aspects of espionage such as surveillance, paranoia, threat, camouflage, cryptography, manipulation, cold-blood and betrayal. The exhibition presents a multitude of artistic strategies as well as unexpected objects and touches the ‘golden age’ of espionage during the Cold War as well as the context of media super-exposure.