Ars Electronica 2007 Goodbye Privacy

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Texts by: Brian Holmes, Erich Moechel u.a., Viktor Meyer-Schönberger, Ralf Bendrath, Konrad Becker Edited by: Christine Schöpf, Gerfried Stocker German, English September 2007, 448 Pages, 494 Ills. Softcover 241mm x 168mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2025-0

At any time or place, we are capable of switching into telematic action, of reaching anyone and being accessed by all. With the help of our avatars, blogs, and taggings, we assume digital form and adopt more or less imaginative second identities. But it is not merely technology, information, and communication that have become omnipresent. To a much greater extent, we have: traceable at all times and anywhere via our cellular phone’s digital signature, what makes it possible to pinpoint our location to within a few meters; classifiable via the detailed and comprehensive personality profiles that we unwittingly leave behind, the traces of all our outings in digital domains.

In this companion volume to the 2007 Ars Electronica Festival, artists, theoreticians, and experienced network-nomads elaborate on our everyday culture and these late-breaking phenomena that are being played out between angst-inducing scenarios of seamless surveillance and the zest, with which we stage our public personae with digital media.

Festival Ars Electronica, Linz, Sepember 5–11, 2007