Sunday January 19, 2020

Raging against the machines

An exhibition at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery asks us to examine our relationship with data privacy

8th December, 2019
Sarah Browne and Gareth Kennedy: ‘We approached the Hugh Lane, and were very pleased by how receptive they were.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

You step onto the dais, a hand clenching the railing for stability, and place the Oculus Go headset over your eyes. Disorientation is followed by an early morning scene. A handsome man – you can call him Glaucon – stands before you. The man in this virtual reality informs you that you are on a roundabout in Portarlington. This location is important, as Portarlington is home to the Data Protection Commission, the independent authority responsible...

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