Turning an eye to 21st century surveillance, Trace Recordings examines the mechanisms of these increasingly pervasive systems, explores how they are altering our behaviours and shifting our ideas of public/private selves.

From the DNA left on chewed gum to top-secret NSA listening stations, this exhibition casts an artistic light on the scale and sophistication of surveillance technologies, question their lack of transparency and asks what power we have as individuals within them. From data tracking to drones,Trace Recordings presents work by eleven artists who use a wide variety of media and ideas to critically and at times playfully address these issues.

Curated by Chris Gaul and Holly Williams, Trace Recordings features works by Denis Beaubois, James Bridle, Mahwish Chishty, Paolo Cirio, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Benjamin Gaulon, Adam Harvey, Trevor Paglen, Shinseungback Kimyonghun and Matt Richardson.

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A program of public events including panel discussion Welcome to the New Normal, a UTSpeaks talk, interactive workshops and an education program accompanies the exhibition.

Trace Recordings
22 October—29 November 2013
UTS Gallery
University of Technology, Sydney

Trace Recordings is presented by UTS ART, supported by Little Creatures and 2SER. With thanks to: the exhibiting artists and panel participants; Aaron Anderson; Pat Armstrong; Jane Clulow; Sunanda Creagh; Tania Creighton; Catherine Deans; Daniel Green; Karin de Jesus; Alice McAuliffe; Alessandra Mekari; Blair Murphy; Dr Clinton Ng; Karolina Novak; Kenzee Patterson; Elizabeth Peters; and Tim Roxburgh.



The 2.4Ghz project draws attention to the countless thousands of wireless surveillance networks silently broadcasting unencrypted video across a typical city. Participants in the 2.4Ghz Workshop use the video receivers found in common baby monitors to tune-in to and explore these transmissions, discovering the profusion of personal information they transmit and the ease with which they can be intercepted. Visitors to the exhibition can borrow a video receiver and explore and interact with local surveillance networks around the gallery.