Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Past Event

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

Art Now: Hasan Elahi – Tracking Transience – an Artist Talk

Free and Open to the Public

Hasan
Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist working with issues in surveillance,
privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. An
erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi
to an intensive investigation by the FBI and after undergoing months of
interrogations, he was finally cleared of suspicions. After this harrowing
experience, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened just about every
aspect of his life to the public. Predating the NSA’s PRISM surveillance
program by half a decade, the project questions the consequences of living
under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery
that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although
initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s
communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with
various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting
his website.

Elahi’s
work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa
Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, and at the Venice
Biennale. Elahi has spoken to audiences as diverse as the Tate Modern, American
Association of Artificial Intelligence, International Association of Privacy
Professionals, TED Global, and the World Economic Forum. His work is frequently
in the media and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert
Report. In addition to receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016, his awards
include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation in 2006 and Art Matters
Foundation in 2011. In 2014, he was Artist-in-Residence at Shangri-La/Doris
Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and in 2009, Resident Faculty at Skowhegan
School of Painting and Sculpture. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at
University of Maryland, roughly equidistant from the CIA, FBI, and NSA
headquarters.

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attached photo. Image credit: E. Brady Robinson

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