SIGNALS – Algorithms of Disobedience, lecture by Evan Light, Archive In A Box, FMK, May 2019


Dr. Evan Light is a digital artist and assistant professor of communications at Glendon College, York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the creator and maintainer of the Snowden Archive-in-a-Box, an autonomous offline archive of the Edward Snowden files and installation that aims to educate audiences about mass surveillance. His work has been exhibited in Berlin, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Dr. Light’s research examines the contemporary issues of mass surveillance and international border crossing. He is a member of the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought (Ryerson University, Toronto), the Algorithmic Media Observatory and the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur l’information, la communication et le société (CRISIS). His research has been funded by York University, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Fonds de recherche société et culture. In 2017, Light’s translation of Aimé-Jules Bizimana’s The Embedding Apparatus: Media Surveillance During the War in Iraq was published by Peter Lang. His research and translations have appeared in such journals as Imaginations, Big Data and Society, Journal of Peer Production, Contraversias y Concurrencias Latinoamericanas, Journal of Latin American Communication Research, Commons: Revista de Comunicación y Ciudadanía Digital, Canadian Journal of Communication and Communication: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research. Evan is also an improvisational musician, playing bass and old synths and lives in Toronto with his partner, kids and cats.

Dr. Evan Light is a digital artist and assistant professor of communications at Glendon College, York University in Toronto, Canada

Lecture by Evan Light at the Faculty of Media and Communication in Belgrade, May 16, 2019.

The lecture is the accompanying program of the exhibition:

SIGNALS – Algorithms of Disobedience

13-24. May 2019.

Gallery SULUV, Blvd Mihajla Pupina 9, Novi Sad


The exhibition SIGNALS – Algorithms of Disobedience is an adaptation and interpretation of the international exhibition Berliner Gazette from Berlin, in the tradition of free and open source software culture and exchange. The exhibition presents artistic responses to one of the most important events in the recent history of digital rights and data privacy - the discovery of NSA and GHCQ files by Edward Snowden and his associates. The exhibition presents the works of renowned actors of the new media art scene, situating the historic leak in the context of civic appropriation. Foregrounded are artists who by treating the documents, transform them into commons.

Photo ducumentation from the exhibition and panel discussion: SIGNALS – Algorithms of Disobedience.

The exhibition SIGNALS - Algorithms of Disobedience in Novi Sad is realized in the production and organization of the New media from Novi Sad in partnership with Berliner Gazette and artists who exhibit, with the support of SULUV Gallery, Academy of Arts Novi Sad, FMK-Faculty for Media and Communication, Belgrade, Youth Center CK13 Novi Sad and DELTA VIDEO d.o.o. from Belgrade who have given the right to free screening of the film and with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and Canada Council for the Arts. Associate on project – Darija Medić (DiploFoundation).