Friday lunchtime lecture: Hidden in plain sight (by the ODI artist in residence)

Friday 26 January 2018, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.


Image: Transmission One by Dan Hett

This talk will outline the recent work of BAFTA-winning artist Dan Hett around encryption issues and technologies, including a detailed examination of his recent ODI commission: two large, vibrant paintings that each contain a securely encrypted (but boldly painted) transmission, created for the ODI's upcoming LMAO exhibition and marking the beginning of a new arc of work.

The key to unlocking the encrypted messages is stored on an RFID chip, which was implanted directly into the artist's hand earlier this year, making the content stored within these works accessible only to him. The talk will look at the on-site production of the works at the ODI, and will discuss the issues and ethics around current government policy around encryption technology, which gained particular significance for the artist when he became directly involved in the Manchester terror attack in May 2017. Although the themes and issues discussed are rooted in technology, this talk will be completely suitable for everyone.

Please note: Dan will discuss potentially distressing themes around the Manchester attack, and the talk will also contain a few images of an implant being put into skin.

About the speaker

Dan Hett is a BAFTA-winning artist and creative technologist from Manchester, currently working as a selected artist on FutureEverything's cutting-edge FAULT LINES program.

Live stream

There will be a live stream on this page from 1pm on Friday 26 January.