Bits of Freedom
Conceptual artist Paolo Cirio
Designer Leanne Wijnsma
Curator Margarita Osipian
The mechanisms of the digital world have begun to fundamentally change our understanding of how we move through society as subjects, or as data-objects, with seemingly borderless and immaterial digital networks enmeshed with the regulations and restrictions of the nation-state. Today, at a time when the NSA automatically targets encrypted emails for further investigation, it is the refusal and avoidance of surveillance and opting for anonymity that puts one under suspicion.
Viewed through multiple perspectives, the Rendering Realities exhibition explored how we navigate and make sense of the world, especially in relation to increasingly ubiquitous and invisible digital systems. What are the dynamics and tensions at play between our daily movements and surveillance structures? Providing new approaches to understanding issues of privacy through the work of artists and designers, the exhibition aimed to engage the public and the privacy community in new perspectives and a new language for speaking about these complex and often abstract issues.