If We Were Houses

Security and Privacy

Houses have become increasingly transparent. Windows allow access to natural light and offer a view of the external world but those who are outside can also see into our internal world – our house.

Information technology, retail databases, government information, data mining, mobile technologies and social media offer a similar aspect. Our glass windows have become glass houses. What was once hidden and private is now on display and shared with others. This can suffer the distortions and reflections that can lead to the misinterpretation and manipulation that large quantities of data can expose.

The structure I developed, digitally, became a glass box within a glass box. Objects collected and contained within the structure can be readily identified as items bought and owned – all, I suspect, readily traceable through various retail databases.

Stored together in loose collections, each glass box shares an aspect of my personal interests and responsibilities, but each present to the digital information age a presence that forms a virtual, digital, self-portrait.

The brittle, drawn, doors represent the diminishing security of anonymity. Behind closed doors we may feel a sense of security with the collections of objects with which we have chosen to surround ourselves, however, access to the digital world takes many forms and shapes; some obvious and others more subtle. So ultimately security is represented in my work by little more than faint doors etched on the virtual glass walls.

Security and privacy is a fragile concept and we live in a period in which there is a movement away from any functional control. The security of a house is reduced by the sheer volume of data that flows in and out of the structure.

My house is a `virtual me’.

 

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