Artist: Katherine Behar
2013, 7', color
A powerful technological commodity, data seems poised to standardize the world by digitizing everything, transparently translating and transferring value under a universal standard of ones and zeros. Data is a contemporary manifestation of the same universal standards that began with physical weights and measures, but today's standards seem to have lost their weightiness. This animation cycle, showing a misshapen stone figure cloaked by wavering clouds of data and obscured by her own digital shadow, seeks to restore weight to data's measure. The project alludes to "cloud computing," a colloquial name for loosely networked, web-served applications and data storage that connotes an amorphous, innocuous nonentity. But to imagine the cloud as frictionless, immediate, or beyond critique is a "clouded" misperception that misses the gravity of these technologies. Inspired by the Pera Museum's Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection, Cloud Profiles: Weightless Measures was produced as a site-specific installation in the collection's permanent display, as part of the exhibition Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry.
Supported in part by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by the Professional Staff Congress and the City University of New York. Exhibitied: "Katherine Behar: Data's Entry" solo exhibition at Pera Museum between Sept 8–Oct 16, 2016, curated by Fatma Çolakoğlu and Ulya Soley.
Following the opening of his studio, “El Chark Societe Photographic,” on Beyoğlu’s Postacılar Caddesi in 1857, the Levantine-descent Pascal Sébah moves to yet another studio next to the Russian Embassy in 1860 with a Frenchman named A. Laroche, who, apart from having worked in Paris previously, is also quite familiar with photographic techniques.
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