Aerial Informants: Pigeons At War In The Black Star Collection

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Noon Time Collection Talk: Jayne Wilkinson
Aerial Informants: Pigeons at War in the Black Star Collection
January 26, 2017, 12pm
Peter Higdon Research Centre (122 Bond Street, room RIC-241)

During WWII, more than a quarter-million homing pigeons were deployed as covert communication devices with the front lines. A generation earlier, the pigeon-camera was a short-lived precursor to the widespread use of aerial photography for military surveillance. Utilizing a range of aerial photography from the Black Star collection, Jayne Wilkinson will examine the use of the “bird’s-eye-view” during wartime and the role of pigeons as an unusual type of aerial informant.

Jayne Wilkinson is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and curator. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and her curatorial projects and research focus on contemporary art and photo-based practices, with specific attention to issues of surveillance, security and representation. She has contributed critical essays to a variety of journals and publications, including C Magazine, Prefix Photo, Inuit Art Quarterly, InVisible Culture and others. She is currently Assistant Curator at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, and a sessional instructor in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto St. George.

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All Noon Time Collection Talks are open to the public and take place in our Peter Higdon Research Centre, located on the second floor of 122 Bond Street in room RIC-24
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