Turning the specter of internet surveillance into art

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 12:58:20 AM. The Glass Room wants us to take a second look at privacy and power
“The Glass Room... what is that?” a young woman asks, while walking arm in arm with a man past a well-lit storefront in London’s Soho district. From the outside, the art installation looks very much like an Apple Store. There’s a long white bar running through the center of the room. The sign “Data Detox Bar” is not visible from the street. Toward the back of the space, rows and rows of little white pedestals prop up iPads, each of which plays a different video. This isn’t the first iteration of The Glass Room, an art exhibition that revolves around technology, power, and surveillance, but the new location and a shifting mood in popular attitudes toward Silicon Valley are palpable in the newer pieces. In Ashley Madison Angels at Work in London, uncanny 3D models of women whisper robotic sweet nothings from iPads installed in random spots all around the space. Their script is taken from the hack of the infamous infidelity dating site, which revealed thousands of fake “women” — including 436 in the vicinity of London — who struck up conversations with users. In another impressive piece, Megapixels, the viewer approaches a giant screen. A camera scans your face against a facial recognition database, listing the match percentage next to each prospective match. Megapixels. Press a big green button, and it prints a receipt for you. Megapixels. Megapixels is in the same spirit as many of the pieces that debuted with the exhibition in New York, like the striking Forgot Your...Read more
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