From 20 June to 21 July 2017 the Depository Bookstore at Museum od Contemporary Art Metelkova, +MSUM will host Privacy Gift Shop, a project by Berlin-based American Adam Harvey, which aims to normalize otherwise controversial ideas about surveillance and encourage a critical speculative discourse about issues related to data, surveillance, and privacy.
The project was founded by the artist in 2013, and since then, it has been presented as a “concept store” in many institutional venues, including The New Museum, New York, and other locations in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Vienna, and London. In Ljubljana, the project will be displayed at Aksioma Project Space in a hybrid gallery / popup shop setup, with tentacles reaching out to +MSUM and MGML Museums Shops, where, from this summer onward, it will be possible to buy various »souvenirs« specially produced by Aksioma for the launch of the Privacy Gift Shop in Slovenia.
Adam Harvey is an artist and independent researcher based in Berlin. His previous work includes developing camouflage from face detection (CV Dazzle) and thermal imaging (Stealth Wear). Harvey has taught at New York University, participated in the Belligerent Eyes workshop at Prada Foundation and the Uncertain Images workshop at the University of Copenhagen, and contributed to the Tabula Rasa project on spoofing and anti-spoofing. Harvey's multidisciplinary work and collaborations have been featured widely in publications from the Air Force Times to the New York Times, featured on BBC, and mentioned in a tweet from the Pentagon.