Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear

Published on August 19th, 2019


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When privacy becomes public it is easy to gather, mine, compare and make far-reaching analysis for all kind of purposes. This presentation will reflect on the standard methods of companies, hospitals and governments to manage and secure personal information, to further monitor and influence our lives with a myriad of new products and systems.

19 August 2019, Summerschool, Beautiful Distress, Amsterdam

SUMMER SCHOOL: PRIVAY & PSYCHIATRY IN THE FUTURE

When: 12 August – 29 August
Location: Beautiful Distress, Amsterdam and residency
The Fifth Season, Den Dolder.Participants: Starting artists, graduates (BA / MA)
Programme: 10.00 – 18.00, dinners and occasionally evening lectures
Course leaders: Dirk van Lieshout (artist) Esther Vossen (curator) , Marieke Zwart (artist)

The works that will be developed during the Summer School will be on show at Beautiful Distress House at NDSM-Wharf in Amsterdam.

Abstract
When privacy becomes public it is easy to gather, mine, compare and make far-reaching analysis for all kind of purposes. This presentation will reflect on the standard methods of companies, hospitals and governments to manage and secure personal information, to further monitor and influence our lives with a myriad of new products and systems. Rather than following the often pessimistic and dooms-day scenarios of the consequences of a ubiquitous public-privacy, it will emphasise methods and artworks in which the new status quo is embraced and subverted. At the same time, it tries to answer the question what privacy means in an age where it has become increasingly easy to track and trace people’s movement and behaviour.

Often based on just a few pieces of data public-privacy has become the norm, most people prefer the immediate ease and gains of giving up their privacy instead of thinking about the often invisible loss of their privacy. What is often missing is contextual information: how, who and for what purpose was data selected, compared and interpreted? Every discipline and institution has its own norms and standards for the imagination of data, so how can we use the abstract concept of data to regain our privacy?
Data need to be imagined as data to exist and function as such, and the imagination of data entails an interpretive base. [3] Every discipline and disciplinary institution has its own norms and standards for the imagination of data, just as every field has its accepted methodologies and its evolved structures of practice.


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