Unintentional Social Media-Enabled Collaboration: A Proposed ArtPrize Entry

Idea for an ArtPrize Entry Using Body Scanner Images

I posted an article on my Facebook feed about the discovery that US Marshalls have secretly kept tens of thousands of body scanner images.

A colleague, Paul Jendrasiak (@pauljendrasiak), jokingly commented “I think they will be used for an ArtPrize entry hahaha.”

It’s a brilliant idea.

An artist could set up a full-body scanner and have ArtPrize participants walk through it – then project a display of their scans up on the side of  a large interior wall/projector screen – or better yet; the side of a building.  It would also be easy to automatically upload the content to a Flickr gallery and create a living, breathing exhibit online (where discussion could take place).

The work would be a great commentary on a variety of things 1) our Victorian notions of privacy (particularly if the images were depicted outdoors where everyone could see them which would likely cause those uncomfortable with nudity to object – fitting given that a large proportion of those same people are also supporters of unrestricted government surveillance), 2) obesity in the US, 3) government surveillance and individual rights…

I love collaborating with social media.  The accidental stuff is sometimes the best.

[Thanks to Cornell University College of Human Ecology for the body scanner image incorporated into the mock-up.]

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