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Electronic Gallery

Past Exhibitions

HASAN ELAHI: TRACKING TRANSIENCE
Opening Show: Sept 4 - November 1

Hasan Elahi, is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers.


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His current multi-faceted project, Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project, was inspired by Elahi's experiences being investigated by the FBI which builds on a series of installations, performances, and websites that use Elahi's self-surveillance to critique contemporary investigative techniques. As a result of an erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities, he was singled out as a terrorist suspect. After undergoing months of regular interrogations and finally nine consecutive lie-detector tests, he was cleared of any suspicions. However, this experience lead Elahi to conceive a self-tracking device that constantly transmits and maps his exact location alongside his financial data, communication records and transportation logs. Other aspects of Tracking Transience include a database of thousands of images of airports Elahi travels through and sometimes sleeps in, food he consumes in transit, and public toilets he uses while traveling. A second innovation in this work is its embrace of surveillance for its subject's own protection; Elahi has protected himself from unwanted scrutiny by making his entire life and whereabouts publicly accessible.

Elahi recently was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, and at at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale. His work has been supported with significant grants and numerous sponsorships from the Creative Capital Foundation, Ford Foundation/Philip Morris, and the Asociación Artetik Berrikuntzara in Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque Country/ Spain.

http://trackingtransience.net/