Cell Phone Disco at the Global Privacy Summit 2019

We are honoured to be the Global Privacy Summit 2019 Artists in Residence in Washington DC. Each year, the Summit artist’s work is incorporated into theme, palette and design for the conference.

The Summit is organised the by International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and will gather from April 30 – May 3 more than 4.000 professionals from around the world for an outstanding program with a truly global focus. Up to four days of education, guidance, inspiration and connections that will spotlight the big picture of data protection.

Most interesting is that after previously being embraced by art galleries, museums and the Informal Science Education world, we now have the opportunity to show and reflect with the privacy professionals.

About the event

The IAPP is the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit organization that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally.

The Summit will take place from April 30 – May 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Up to four days of education, guidance, inspiration and connections that will spotlight the big picture of data protection.

Read more about the Artist-in-Residence at the Summit: https://iapp.org/conference/global-privacy-summit/artist-in-residence-gps19/

About the Art Work

Cell Phone Disco by is a surface that visualizes the electromagnetic field of an active mobile phone. Several thousand lights illuminate when you make or receive a phone call in the vicinity of the installation. Cell Phone Disco makes an invisible property of the environment perceptible to our senses. It reveals the communicating body of the mobile phone.

Information designer Auke Touwslager (NL) and Architect Ursula Lavrenčič (SLO) created an installation which transforms a part of the electromagnetic spectrum into another frequency range—the range of visible light. Their fascination lies with the transmission quality of the mobile phone; its presence beyond the shell of the device. 

Engineering by Aleš Vrhovec and Janez Jazbar.

More info: http://www.cellphonedisco.org & https://www.informationlab.org

About the artists

Informationlab is a tag that identifies the collaborative efforts of an international group operating at the shifting intersection of Art, Science, Technology & Design.

Since 2004 Informationlab founders Auke Touwslager (NL) and Ursula Lavrencic (SLO) seen their efforts being adopted and appreciated by different fields and audiences. As a result their work found its way to an international art community and to science museums and galleries around the world. In 2011 their commissioned work for the Cultural Trust was nationally recognized to the best in Public Art Projects of 2011 by the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN).

Most of the group collaboration is based on curiosity driven research which subsequently lead to a variety of (art)installations, publications, workshops and lectures.

After previous US commissions (Such as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, The Hill Country Science Mill, Johnson City, Texas and the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia) we’re thrilled to be able to exhibit our Cell Phone Disco in Washington DC.

More info: https://www.informationlab.org

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