Poitras opens 'Astro Noise' at Whitney Feb. 5

Feb 02, 2016 12:01 am
“Astro Noise,” from filmmaker and activist Laura Poitras opens at the Whitney Museum in New York Feb. 5, running through May 1. The images in the exhibit broke news last week -- some of the pictures in the show are descrambled images from Israeli and Syrian drone feeds. "The Intercept" Jan. 29 published documents leaked from Edward Snowden that showed the United States and Britain have hacked transmissions from secret drone flights and communications from the Israeli Air Force since 1998. Yuval Steinitz, the minister of national infrastructure and energy told Army Radio last week, “We will now have to look and consider changing the encryption, certainly.” Poitras is forever linked to Snowden, and has been detained, interrogated, and searched dozens of times at airports, and also won an Academy Award, for “Citizenfour.” The Whitney describes "Astro Noise" saying, "This immersive installation of new work builds on topics important to Poitras, including mass surveillance, the war on terror, the U.S. drone program, Guantánamo Bay Prison, occupation, and torture."
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