(Oakland, CA)Doug Garth Williams
Doug Garth Williams makes work that explores perception and the apparent ease with which it can be altered. These investigations take the form of videos, interactive installations, and public interventions. Often using himself as a subject, they tend towards the reflexive, humorous and uncanny. His work is made with the hope of playfully confounding expectations and eliciting those tenuous unguarded moments of questioning. Doug holds an M.F.A. from Mills College, a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and a certified world record for the longest nipple hair from the Guinness Book of World Records.
Society for Self Surveillance
The creation of a fictional organization known as the "Society for Self Surveillance" will question whether pervasive surveillance in New York is a true threat to liberty, an over-extended farce, or a little of both. The idea is similar to shop dropping, but instead of creating convincing and subversive products using the tropes of commercial design and dropping them into unsuspecting shops, this project will create a convincing fašade of an entire organization, and drop it in an unsuspecting community. Doug will create posters, advertisements, a promotional video, briefly takeover a storefront with custom signage, and deliver in-character public lectures on how to keep oneself under constant surveillance in order to increase public safety.