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
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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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