Even before we are born, our electronic data begins to accumulate and to circulate. From our first sonogram, to digital birth certificates, academic records, medical records, credit card purchases, passports, and emails - as we grow, our "data body" grows with us, and our identities seem increasingly to be constituted of data. What is the relationship between who we are and the cloud of data which surrounds each one of us?
In SUPER VISION, three stories collide on the edge of the datasphere:
1. As he crosses successive borders, a solitary traveler gradually reveals all of his information, until his identity becomes transparent, with no part of his life left outside the bounds of dataveillance.
2. A young woman digitally archives her failing grandmotherís past, and
3. A father covertly exploits his young sonís data until the ploy escalates beyond the fatherís control. His wife and son are left with a starkly diminished data portrait, and his escape is shadowed by the long reach of the datasphere.
In post-9/11 daily life, we have come to accept, allow, and even encourage this new form of surveillance and its constant incursions into the realm of our selves. What forces encourage our permissiveness and engagement in the process of exposing our data, and what will the results of it be?
ó Marianne Weems (Artistic Director, Builders Association)