Ever feel like you’re being watched? The current exhibition at the Cass, London Metropolitan University may just confirm your fears as Nye Thompson presents a collection of images from unprotected domestic surveillance cameras around the world, on public display for the first time.
Using algorithms to robotically harvest these images from search engines, Thompson exposes our vulnerability in cyberspace, disclosing just how unwittingly we open ‘backdoors’ into some of our most private spaces.
A postgraduate Fine Art alumna of The Cass, Thompson has chosen to focus her disquieting research on a small residential community in Hong Kong, in which many of the inhabitants have mass-installed surveillance cameras into their homes.
Thompson documents the ‘big data era’, where robots, artificial intelligence, governments and larger-than-government corporations all feed on the personal data trails we generate.
Backdoored.io acts as a stark warning of our continued indulgence for virtual realms, investigating our relationship with technology and the hidden agendas of digital culture, and challenging our notions of privacy and authorship in an age of technological automation.
Until 20 August 2016
The Cass Bank Gallery
The Cass, London Metropolitan University
59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF