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“Prism” Exhibit and SSMU Art & Expression mixer

Weekly culture picks from The Daily

Niyousha’s Pick: “PRISM” exhibit
Ever feel like you’re being watched? Well, chances are, you’re probably right. If you’ve ever wondered about modern surveillance but have been too creeped out to pursue your curiosity, it might be time to face your fears and check out the “PRISM” exhibit this week. A solo exhibition by Vancouver-based David Spriggs, “PRISM” is a series of works that explore modern surveillance and its uncanny omnipresence in our daily lives. The name of the exhibit alludes in part to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program, which was exposed by Edward Snowden in 2009. Looking at different modes of surveillance, from cameras to digital scanners, Spriggs’ large-scale works are bound to inform and probably also intimidate. If you really want to know how closely Big Brother is watching, “PRISM” may offer some creative insight.

Rosie’s Pick: SSMU Art & Expression Mixer
McGill definitely has a thriving cultural scene; the campus is always buzzing with artistic events, from a cappella concerts to poetry slams. I’m pretty sure there’s a new journal launched every other week. But sometimes it can be hard to find your way into the various scenes, to work up the courage for that first theatre audition, or to find other aspiring indie stars to jam with. And once you’ve made it in the McGill community, it’s not always easy to break out of that bubble. The SSMU Art & Expression Mixer allows you to mix and mingle with visual art and performance groups belonging to both McGill and the world beyond the bubble. Groups will be showcasing their work and will be available to chat. This is a perfect, no pressure, no expectations opportunity to step into Montreal’s cultural life. Who knows – maybe you’re the next Celine Dion or Mac DeMarco. This could be your chance to find out.

PRISM runs at Arsenal Montreal until May 9.

The mixer is Wednesday, February 4, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the SSMU Ballroom. If you or a group you’re part of would like to showcase your work, email