No Secrets!

The Allure and Hazards of Monitoring Ourselves
23 March – 16 July 2017

Matthias Oostrik - plplpl.pl::scrutiny
Matthias Oostrik, plplpl.pl::scrutiny, 2016, © Matthias Oostrik
Ed Fornieles - Der Geist: Flesh Feast
Ed Fornieles, Der Geist: Flesh Feast, 2016, © Ed Fornieles, Courtesy Arratia Beer, Berlin

Project

All around the world we’re online, digitally connected as never before and at the same time we deplore the loss of our privacy. Paradoxically, we ourselves are to blame because it is our day-to-day routines that contribute to this phenomenon. We generate a flood of digital information that feeds existing and future surveillance systems. The results of big data analyses have long been used by security agencies, insurance and IT companies, big business and the pharmaceutical industry.

We willingly use apps, trackers and sensors to monitor ourselves. From hormones to heart rates, from sleeping patterns to mood swings, we attempt to optimize our lives by recording personal data. We want to be thinner, healthier and more productive and want our lives, day in and day out, to be as efficient and comfortable as possible. These practical digital aids are the welcome quick fix to those longings. Behavioral patterns, characteristics and idiosyncrasies are recorded and analyzed. We take the consequences in stride or ignore them entirely. As a popular activity tracker’s marketing slogan so aptly puts it: »We know you better than you know yourself«.

The data we divulge today, consciously or not, determines the way we will view ourselves in the future. This is because current methods of monitoring data not only show us and others where we are now but also increasingly influence where we are headed and how we will conduct ourselves in the future.

In the No Secrets! project, which the ERES Foundation is putting on in association with the Munich Stadtmuseum, scientists and artists will be shedding light on this current situation and asking pertinent questions. How can this widespread acceptance of surveillance be explained? Can this development be evaded without forgoing a lifestyle that is the norm? What dangers lie in this trend toward transparency? And in this digital world we now inhabit, do we have the right to forget?

The exhibition consists of ten contemporary artists presenting videos, photography, installations and textile art in which they address the topic of biometric technology.

Artists: Hasan Elahi, Ed Fornieles, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Manu Luksch / Martin Reinhart / Thomas Tode, Susan Morris, Matthias Oostrik, Trevor Paglen, Tactical Technology Collective, Tega Brain / Surya Mattu

Scientists: Klaus Mainzer, Thomas Petri, Diana Tamir

Collaboration: No Secrets! is a collaboration between the ERES Foundation and the Münchner Stadtmuseum. Its own in-house exhibition, No Secrets! – Images of Surveillance, opens 23 March 2017.

Catalogue

No Secrets! - Catalogue

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, 160 pages, EUR 18,00.
With numerous illustrations as well as essays by Dietmar Kammerer, Klaus Mainzer, Frank Pasquale, Daniela Stöppel, Diana Tamir and others.
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Tactical Technology Collective in collaboration with La Loma - The Zuckerberg House
Tactical Technology Collective in collaboration with La Loma, The Zuckerberg House, 2016, © the artists, Foto: Christoph Knoch
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer - Inspired by Real Events
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Inspired by Real Events, 2004, © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Courtesy Bitforms Gallery, New York, Foto: Christoph Knoch

Lectures

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, Professor of Philosophy and Scientific Theory and Director of the Carl von Linde-Akademie at der Technical University of Munich
The Computation of the World – The Power and Limits of Algorithms and Big Data

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Thomas Petri, Bavarian data protection commissioner
Are Facebook, Google and the states allowed to collect our data? A summary of the actual jurisdiction

Monday, 03 July 2017, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Diana Tamir, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Princeton University, USA, and Director of the Princeton Social Neuroscience Lab
The Appeal of Digital Self-disclosure – a Neuroscientific Perspective (in English)

Marek Tuszynski, Creative Director and co-founder Tactical Technology Collective
FEAR AND DESIRE v.0.2 (in English)

No Secrets! - Ausstellungsansicht
Ausstellungsansicht, Foto: Christoph Knoch

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