Trace Recordings

Surveillance and identity in the 21st century

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  • UTS Gallery

    Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6)
    702 Harris St, Ultimo,
    University of Technology, Sydney

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Turning an eye to 21st century surveillance, Trace Recordings examines the mechanisms of these increasingly pervasive systems, explores how they are altering our behaviours and shifting our ideas of public/private selves. From the DNA left on chewed gum to top-secret NSA listening stations, this exhibition casts an artistic light on the scale and sophistication of surveillance technologies, question their lack of transparency and asks what power we have as individuals within them. From data tracking to drones, Trace Recordings presents work by eleven artists who use a wide variety of media and ideas to critically and at times playfully address these issues.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, 'Stranger Visions' 2012
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, ‘Stranger Visions’ 2012: 3D printed portraits based on genetic material taken from public places.

Curated by Chris Gaul and Holly Williams, Trace Recordings features works by Denis Beaubois, James Bridle, Mahwish Chishty, Paolo Cirio, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Benjamin Gaulon, Adam Harvey, Trevor Paglen, Shinseungback Kimyonghun and Matt Richardson. Visit the project website