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Jill Magid 

When: Thu., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: free with RSVP
In 2010, the Dutch secret service, known as AIVD, entered the Tate Modern and confiscated a novel by Jill Magid. The original manuscript, now property of the Dutch government, is based on interviews Magid conducted with 18 secret agents during her completion of The Spy Project, a work actually commissioned by the AIVD in order to meet a mandate for its new headquarters. Magid was their obvious choice. Her 2004 collaboration with the Merseyside police, for which Magid depended on England’s largest citywide video surveillance system to track her movements for a month, resulted in a poetic, if chilling, montage of the artist riding through the streets of Liverpool in a red raincoat. Magid’s artistic missions inevitably lead to bureaucratic intersections with authority. Yet, her requisition letters for CCTV footage purposefully read like love letters, as does her account of shadowing one NYPD officer for five months during his night rounds of the subway system. Tonight, Magid speaks about carving intimate space out of impregnable systems.
— Silke Tudor


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