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TRANSPARENZEN/TRANSPARENCIES: THE AMBIVALENCE OF A NEW VISIBILITY. Ed. by Simone Neuenschwander. Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, 2016. Published in association with Sternberg Press, Berlin. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 162 pp. 33 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783956792236 Bilingual in English and German.
Publisher's description: The globalized world seems at once transparent and opaque. While modern life is characterized by a desire for more transparency in communication, politics and business, limitless access to information has eroded our personal privacy. In the two-part, joint exhibition project curated by Simone Neuenschwander and Thomas Thiel, contemporary artists examine the many cultural facets and atmospheres of a (non) transparent society: the consequences of an algorithm- and data-collection driven life and world, our changed relationship to privacy and strategies of refusal or deliberate disclosure of data, among other issues. Conceptually designed by the activist Dutch design group Metahaven, this overscaled dense catalog is packed with images, artistic statements and scientific essays from both exhibitions, including outlines of all the contributions to this substantial project. Using mapping and fragmentation to convey the ubiquity of silent surveillance, the book is a complex and provocative contribution to this ever-present social dilemma.
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Worldwide Number: 175388
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