TransPrivacy – street art’s take on digital complexity

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Monday 07 November 2011.

Filippo Minelli - 'In your ass' image Stefan Riebel 'In silent memory of a time before Google (B.G.)' image monochrom 'Privatssphäre is a bourgeois Fantasy' image Evan Roth image

Art negotiating the digital and non-digital as parts of the same reality does NOT have to make use of digital technology for display.

The project TransPrivacy was conceptualized by Florian Kuhlmann this past summer and initiated in October 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, where it will take place until the end of November. Transparency and Privacy are two notions challenged by the Net-Age: whereas both are virtues for some in need for protection, they are obstacles and contradictory for others. When the public is uneasy because information and communication constipates our lives while ambivalent power structures operate this system, street artists can affect debate among a diverse local audience by opening up the space in a playful and witty way.

Communication flows are dissolving into an unconceivable complexity and density. All users of the Net and mobile Net are actors on multiple levels, not merely senders and receivers, but authors – prod-users. Neither can anyone possibly trace all their action back, although some software is being produced specifically for that, nor can we know who is monitoring and storing the data we produce.

At the same time grant businesses emerged such as Amazon, Ebay or Google with millions of clients and data growing so rapidly, that policy makers cannot keep up with understanding and discerning the public issues at stake. The TransPrivacy project hence invited scientists, bloggers, politicians and artists to discuss the implications on privacy, the public and media presence therein.

At the same time the individual user gains importance in the web as a source for information. Actually, this is what I am trying to do here, too, right? (I’m also on twitter @tweetingcops) Users may stand ‘link-by-link’ next to the agglomerates, only without earning much or anything at all. The worth of content is as vague and fluctuant as its relevance.

We know, we have long reached a saturation point of information and yet online magazines, fanzines, blogs, guides keep on popping up. Now, is this effective? For whom? What kind of participation is desirable and why? So many questions, which some day we’ll be able to answer each for ourselves, as there is no central reference point: not locally, neither institutionally, nor spiritually. What is important now is to detect and discuss openly how the public, private, digital and non-digital are merging constituting one complex living environment and how that effects our behavior as individuals and as society.

Find all artists participating in TransPrivacy and text contributions, unfortunately only in German, but videos are in English.