For our 5th edition of stARTup San Francisco we’ve selected the theme sustainability: environmental, legal, and economic. Sustainability means different things to our panelists, performers, non-profit partners, and sponsors. Last week five stARTup SF 2019 exhibiting artists shared what “sustainability” means to them, and what it brings to their art and artistic practice.
For Featured Artist Brian Singer this means sparking conversation and debate on the true costs of “free products,” and what we give up when we blindly agree to privacy policies we don’t read.
Brian Singer, aka Someguy, is a San Francisco based fine artist whose projects have received international attention. His art ranges from intimate works with paper to large scale participatory projects.
Its letters are made out of recycled tech company t-shirts, spelling out a cautionary message. The intent is not to demonize a specific company, but rather to illustrate the normalization of a system where every move we make is being tracked, and our data is sold to the highest bidder.
Brian will also be speaking on Sunday’s 3:30pm panel: Terms and Conditions: Internet Privacy for Artists and Everyone, presented by Mozilla and moderated by Alexander Reben, Director of Tech and Research, Stochastic Labs.
Defending people’s rights to safety, choice, control, and transparency have been baked into Mozilla’s mission since its inception — which is why they’ve sponsored Brian Singer’s installation at stARTup San Francisco. Individuals must have the ability to shape the internet and their own experiences on it, and individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.
Please join Brian and fellow stARTup alumni Alexander Reben in conversation with Tim Murray, Creative Director for Mozilla, as they discuss technology and internet privacy in today’s ever-connected society.
For a complete listing of stARTup SF 2019’s Special Projects, Performances, and Art Conversations please visit our Programming page.