Black Mirror

Matias Viegener

Artist Bio

Black Mirror investigates the social and political effect of drone technology through participatory video, poetry and dream maps, installed together in a dynamic exhibition that raises consciousness of the radical transformation in domestic and international surveillance. A set of video experiments in American utopian colonies, in the classroom and abroad use a consumer-level drone’s HD video camera to track others and spy on ourselves. Looking through, with and at the drone, this footage will form the visual backbone for an exhibition on surveillance, the desire to see and the fear of being seen. A set of mischievous ”drone poems” continue the exploration by using poetic language, one of our oldest technologies, to examine our newest and most alienating technology. The third component is a set of dream maps based on research into the dreams of both drone operators and the people who are terrorized by them.

Poetry, Video Art
Award Year

In Progress

Matias Viegener

Matias Viegener

Los Angeles, CA

Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art and social practice. His work has been exhibited at LACMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ars Electronica, ARCO Madrid, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Machine Project, MOCA Los Angeles and MOCA San Diego, and at venues in Mexico, Colombia, Germany and Austria. He has published fiction and criticism in Afterimage, American Book Review, Artforum, Art Issues, ArtUS, Artweek, Black Clock, BOMB, Critical Quarterly,Fiction International, Framework, The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Mirage, Paragraph, Suspect Thoughts and X-tra. His work has been written about in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, Frieze, Art:21, The Los Angeles Times, Archinect, Cabinet and The Huffington Post. In 2004 Viegener co-founded Fallen Fruit with two other artists, and worked with them until 2013. He’s the author of the new book of experimental non-fiction, 2500 Random Things About Me Too, and he teaches at CalArts.