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Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy

Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy, is a multidisciplinary exhibition of visual art, public art, film, public discussions, performance, interactivity and spoken word, all exploring the prevalence of surveillance and its impact on the way we lead our lives.

Real Art Ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106

http://www.realartways.org/

The exhibition opens on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and will be on view through June 19, 2017.

Mass government surveillance and corporate data collection have become the new normal. We hear that individual privacy must be sacrificed in the interests of national security and that “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.” But has increased surveillance made us we safer, or are we, in fact, more vulnerable? Is privacy just about hiding bad things? Might privacy be a matter of principle: that personal information isn’t anyone else’s business, that citizens have the right “to be let alone,” as the U.S. Supreme Court declared more than a century ago? Is information collected keeping us safe? Or is this tracking and tracing an extreme invasion of privacy that has the ability to ruin lives?

Nothing to Hide? Art, Surveillance, and Privacy examines the “nothing to hide” argument, revealing many shades of grey. The artworks in the exhibition offer probing insights into our complicity in surveillance culture, how it impacts our daily lives, the banality and uncanniness that it generates, and forms of resistance that range from invisibility to hyper-publicity.

Exhibiting Artists: Franco and Eva Mattes, Aram Bartholl, Paolo Cirio, Eric Corriel, Hassan Elahi, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jonas Lund, Julian Oliver, Trevor Paglen, Ryder Ripps, Bjorne Schuelke and Michelle Teran.

The exhibition is co-curated by Edward Shanken, Visiting Associate Professor, director of the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at UC Santa Cruz; and Jessica Hodin, Crowdfunding Manager at Art Basel, NYC.