Computer generated image of figure on hands and knees with a mesh of polygons on the surface of the figure

Zach Blas, SANCTUM (detail), 2018, © Zach Blas, Courtesy of the artist

Mirror with a Memory: Meet the Creative Team

The Hillman Photography Initiative is an interdisciplinary project that reaches beyond the bounds of the artistic world to engage creative innovators in timely conversations about the future of photography. Representing some of the best and brightest in the fields of photography, surveillance, and AI, these individuals worked with museum staff to give shape and voice to Mirror with a Memory.

Headshot of Simone Brown in the museum lobby
Photo: Shelley Lipton

Simone Browne

Simone Browne is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first book, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness (2015), examines surveillance with a focus on transatlantic slavery, biometrics, airports, and creative texts. Dark Matters was awarded the 2016 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize by the American Studies Association, the 2016 Surveillance Studies Book Prize by the Surveillance Studies Network, and the 2015 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Technology Research. Browne is also a member of Deep Lab, a feminist collaborative composed of artists, engineers, hackers, writers, and theorists.

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Photo: Shelley Lipton

Jimena Canales

Jimena Canales is an award-winning author and expert in the history of physics. She is the author of Bedeviled: A Shadow History of Demons in Science (forthcoming Fall 2020), The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson, and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time, A Tenth of a Second: A History, and various essays published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, NPR, and scholarly journals. She was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University and the Thomas M. Siebel professor for the History of Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and currently lives in Boston.

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Photo: Shelley Lipton

David Danks

David Danksis L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, and Head of Philosophy, at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is the Chief Ethicist of the Block Center for Technology & Society; and co-director of the Center for Informed Democracy and Social Cybersecurity (IDeaS). He works on problems at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, such as the ethical, psychological, and policy issues around AI and robotics. Danks is the recipient of a James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.

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Photo: Shelley Lipton

Ben Wizner

Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For nearly two decades, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Wizner is a graduate of New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Photo: Bryan Conley

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Paglen’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, amongst others. He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan.

As part of the Hillman Photography Initiative (HPI) planning process, Carnegie Museum of Art convened experts from around the country to share their distinct expertise, viewpoints, and concerns regarding photography, surveillance, and artificial intelligence.


Major support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William Talbott Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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