Talk: Around The World With Surveillance on December 17 at 4:30 PM.
Mari Bastashevski is an artist, writer and a researcher, she is also a Yale World Fellow and a resident fellow at the Information Society Project. Her work deals with global trade and international commerce, industrial labor, surveillance industry, networks of power. Usually a result of extensive online and field investigations, it melds data with photographs and texts and explores the role state and corporate secrecy serves in wielding and sustaining power. She is currently working on an ongoing project State Business about international conflict commerce, that is, the relationship between the state and corporations that fuels and sustains communities in crisis throughout the world. Her other projects include: It’s Nothing Personal, an installation that juxtaposes the technocratic language and neutral space of surveillance firms with the testimonies of individuals affected by surveillance technology. And ZimTm, a self-reflective critique into the impossible relationship between corporations, art sponsorship, and conflict, accompanied by an automaton stand-in for an artist with its own twitter account. twitter.com/ZimTm. She is also currently concluding a project “10.000 things out of China” a work navigates through an o en violent, complex, and politically ambiguous culture of logistics by which products made in China reach Europe and the United States. Her works has been exhibited and published in US, France, Germany, Ukraine, Hong-Kong, Australia, and elsewhere. She has also consulted as an investigative researcher with Privacy International.