I attended the opening for Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance and Social Control, which is being held in conjunction with the Surveillance Camera workshop I’m attending.
Information-gathering systems increasingly affect our lives, tracking our movement and consumer preferences. Such “sorting daemons” reinforce existing streams of influence and quietly create new ones. The artists in this exhibition take measure of our relationship to surveillance by addressing its social, political and aesthetic dimensions.
The photo above is a visual commentary on personal identity. The artist (David Kemp) asked 100 people to show him the contents of their wallets. Each “data set” was displayed on it’s own “canvas”, with some cards blacked out at the discretion of their owner.
Photographer David Kemp’s Data Collection project…probes attitudes towards the circulation of personal information in a stunning array of identity card “portraits.”
The multi-media exhibition features work by Brenda Goldstein, Antonia Hirsch, David Kemp, Tran T. Kim-Trang, Germaine Koh and Ian Verchere, Arnold Koroshegyi, Ruthann Lee, Michael Lewis, Jill Magid, Walid Ra’ad; Kathleen Ritter, David Rokeby, Tom Sherman, Cheryl Sourkes and John Watt. It runs at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre at Queen’s University till April 18.