JUNE 3, 2020 | 8:00 PM–9:00 PM | Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Artist, essayist, filmmaker, and Internet explorer Jon Rafman joins Hirshhorn curator-at-large Gianni Jetzer for a discussion on his work and the impact of technology on our lives.

Rafman is internationally recognized as one of the leading voices working from online found footage, an important development in the past 20 years. Rafman explores the Web as the leading technology of the information age, exerting an ever-more pervasive influence on individuals, society, economy, and artistic creation.

During the current health crisis, Rafman has reignited his well-known Nine Eyes project, mining images captured by Google Street View to display an unfiltered view of humanity across the world. Following streets through nature, towns, and cities alike, the images bring together the majestic, the painful, and the peculiar to show elements of human existence seldom seen through an artistic lens.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear about his current thinking and practice for this one-night-only live discussion.

“If so much of your life is online, or in front of a screen, and so many of your profoundest moments are happening ‘virtually,’ I think they need to be looked at with a certain amount of respect. Those moments are still real even though they’re happening online. There is still something physical to the experience, it’s just different.”

Jon Rafman


This program is online only.


Register in advance now! Advance registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the talk.

7:50 pm | Zoom broadcast opens
8–9 pm | Jon Rafman in conversation with Gianni Jetzer


CART (real-time captioning) will be provided for this program. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email

May 28, 2020