Beautiful Interfaces: The Privacy Paradox is the very first offline wireless network-based group show. Displayed by five private networks powered by hacked routers emitting straight from the New York city-based multidisciplinary workspace and art gallery REVERSE, the exhibition showcases digital works by Jennifer Lyn Morone, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, LaTurbo Avedon, Annie Rose Malamet and Carla Gannis that you can view using your favorite mobile electronic devices—smartphones, tablets, etc.—starting from April 14th.
Beautiful Interfaces questions personal data’s safety in the Internet Age. As we reach a tipping point; the one when there are no boundaries anymore between private and public, the artists, and curators Helena Acosta and Miyö Van Stenis, team up to explore privacy issues online. By creating an anonymous data-sharing platform, they explore and critique corporate and government influence and surveillance, and warn us about how web-based algorithms are used to take advantage of our online behaviors and browsing habits—and how it seems like it's just the beginning, regarding the ever-growing use and efficiency of facial recognition tools.
"This project opens a new platform for new media and female artists to distribute and conserve digital art as data,” Acosta and Van Stenis explain. “We want people to reflect about their online behaviors even when the statement of privacy has become a void belief in our contemporary society. Knowing that every time we share contains a potential and unexpected consequences, our generation has created the perfect algorithmic surveillance system," they add. The more we use social platforms, the more information and content—and ultimately, means for control—we give up.
Bring your device to REVERSE from April 14 to May 15, 2016 to safely enjoy a few network-based eye candies. As part of the CreativeTech Week New York 2016, a panel discussion called "Post Privacy: is privacy becoming a thing of the past?" will also accompany the exhibition, with participation from the creator of occupy.here, Dan Phiffer, curator Lior Zalmanzon, and the artists Carla Gannis and Jennifer Lyn Morone.