- Date: Thursday, 2 March, 2017
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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Surveillance, privacy and space in the age of social media
The ubiquity of social media, digital apps and mobile technologies have turned ‘mapping’ into an everyday practice. We regularly ‘check in’, location-tag digital photos, create virtual maps, and publicise, write about and visually document our experience with and within space. As a result, the way we create, represent and think about space is constantly changing.
As many commentators have noted, 'social mapping' activities enable individuals to redefine and re-present space in empowering and democratising ways. At the same time, traditional notions of the ‘public’ and ‘private’ are broken down as individuals are subjected to new forms of surveillance, monitoring and control. In a digitally-connected world, we actively surveil as we are also surveyed.
This talk looks at the intersection of ubiquitous mapping and participatory surveillance to unpack how geo-locational tools help alter the ways we re-present, understand and value ‘public’ and ‘private’ space. Drawing from several distinct case studies, the talk aims to inspire discussion around the role geolocational data might play in the broader 'post-privacy' context.
Justin Rotolo, Post-Privacy, 2017. Justin Rotolo is a visual and digital artist from New York City currently teaching creative media production at Massey University, Wellington.