CURRENT EXHIBITION: Beautiful Interfaces: The privacy paradox 4/14-5/14

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BEAUTIFUL INTERFACES: THE PRIVACY PARADOX is a project that explores the dichotomy between the private and the public, creating a platform for distribution of data on an independent and anonymous network. Everyday online social practices could look like harmless actions through a naive eye, but they contain the potential for unexpected consequences when they are traced and connected to algorithmic surveillance systems. And even though our increased communication practices on the Social Web result in an increase of personal information online, the ‘Privacy Paradox’ suggests that despite Internet users’ apprehension about privacy, their behaviors do not reflect those concerns. Curated by Helena Acosta and Miyö Van Stenis, BEAUTIFUL INTERFACES: THE PRIVACY PARADOX features work by Jennifer Lyn Morone, Heather Dewey Hagborg, LaTurbo Avedon, Annie Rose Malamet and Carla Gannis. The exhibited work will live on a wireless network accessible through five routers at the gallery space. The routers have been hacked and are not connected to the Internet. Each router has a private network, which visitors must login to through their own devices – cellphones or iPads – to view the artwork.

BEAUTIFUL INTERFACES: THE PRIVACY PARADOX will open on Thursday, April 14th from 7pm – 9pm at REVERSE. As space is limited, RSVP is required for the event.RSVP here, and remember to bring your fully charged devices and headphones to the opening. BEAUTIFUL INTERFACES: THE PRIVACY PARADOX will be on view through May 14th. The project space will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm – 7pm and for extra gallery hours Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th from 2pm – 7pm. The curator Helena Acosta will be at the space at this time to talk about the exhibition.

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REVERSE Spring Workshops


Continuing with our educational program, this year we will be offering a broad range of workshops taught by artists for artists at an affordable price. Our classes this spring will cover controlling time with arduino, manipulating images with sensors, easy 3D modeling with SketchUp, creating virtual reality environments with Unity, 3D printing, Raspberry Pi for artists and more! Check out full descriptions and dates of our upcoming workshops here.


REVERSE at Creative Tech Week 5/4


Post Privacy: Is privacy becoming a thing of the past?
MAY 4TH, 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Clemente Center, 116 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

REVERSE is excited to be a part of Creative Tech Week this year with BEAUTIFUL INTERFACES: THE PRIVACY PARADOX, a new media art exhibition accessible via a wireless network from hacked wifi routers, which are not connected to the Internet. As part of the programming activities of the exhibition, REVERSE will host Post Privacy: Is privacy becoming a thing of the past?, a panel discussion moderated by curator Helena Acosta and featuring Dan Phiffer (artist/programmer), Lior Zalmanson (writer/curator) and Carla Gannis (artist) as panelists.

The panel will be focused on the concept of post-privacy.  Is privacy becoming a thing of the past? Datafication as a phenomenon has been spreading into every nook of our daily lives; today our existence has a reflection in a digital grid where almost every movement leaves a footprint that can be tracked and pointed. Does this reality make us more vulnerable to the eyes of evolving power agencies? In this permeable context, what counter surveillance strategies can we rely on?

Researcher Christian Heller has coined the term “post-privacy” to define the dissolution of privacy in the digital age, as a way to capture what might be an inescapable change in the privacy paradigm. As technological progress gains momentum, our interaction with digital tools becomes increasingly recurrent, not only in the way we interact with our governments and authorities, but also in our personal lives. Technology has become an extension of our identities.

Panelists will discuss the concept of privacy and overexposed behaviors in the digital age. They are invited to explore these questions: is the protection of privacy a lost battle? What methods can we use to deal with a potential post-privacy data model? Can we envision surveillance, or privacy, working symmetrically between power structures and civilians? Is this a utopian assumption?