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July 18 - October 21, 20168:00am - 5:00pm

Public Displays of Data

Embodying our Digital Signatures

Tim Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA)

Part of SWAP

Public Displays of Data
Data Transmissions, Kelly overheard

Data Transmissions, Kelly overheard  Tim Schwartz | 2016 | Letterpress print | Photo by Jerry Mann

Unnamed, detail

Unnamed, detail  Tim Schwartz | 2016 | digital | Courtesy of the Artist

Terms of Service, detail

Terms of Service, detail  Tim Schwartz | 2015 | Mixed Media | Courtesy of the Artist

Data Transmissions, Anonymous 9:30 am

Data Transmissions, Anonymous 9:30 am   Tim Schwartz | 2016 | Letterpress print | Photo by Jerry Mann


Echoings  Tim Schwartz | 2016 | Audio files played on Amazon Echo's | Photo by Jerry Mann

Tim Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA)

In Residence: July 18 - August 29, 2016
Exhibition: August 26 - October 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday August 26, 6PM - 9PM

Public Displays of Data will reclaim our digital footprints through performance and the movement of data into the real world.

Tim Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA) is on a mission to invade your privacy. Not because he wants to do what some of the big collectors of personal data want, but to show you, the unwitting clicker, just how much of your digital presence is being collected, stored, collated, and sold. He is here in Cleveland for the SPACES SWAP Residency following digital trails that each of us leaves behind, like string through a labyrinth right into our deepest private thoughts and experiences. The ownership of the trail is given up by a simple click on the accept button of a service agreement, to one online company after another. Google alone can construct a fairly accurate portrait of a person and sell the data at will.

Our data is culled and collected by governments, corporations, and organizations. We share, tweet, like, have homepages we recycle, a way we move the mouse, flip through tabs, the timbre of our messages, our word choice, the tone of our scroll, the timing of our clicks - all these elements are trackable and make up our digital signature. Tim Schwartz insists that we need to recapture this data string and claim it as our own. These aren't just points on a graph for an advertiser or government analyst - these pieces of data are us.

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About the Artist

Tim Schwartz

Tim Schwartz (b. 1981 Boston, Massachusetts) is a Los Angeles-based artist, technologist, and activist who makes works of art focused on technology, information, privacy, and how our culture absorbs changes in these areas. He received a BA in Physics from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Visual Arts from the... go to artist page

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