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The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance.

Februar 23, 2015

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Metahaven is a design and research studio founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden and based in Amsterdam. The studio utilises designed forms and aesthetics to engage in political dialogue. For example, the notion of “transparency” in western democracies: the alleged transparency of public institutions, the alleged production of personal privacy versus the practice of state surveillance. How is information generated and distributed today, and who can access it? What is the role of the Internet, of hackers and whistleblowers, of the visible and concealed exercise of power? What is the role of designers, who create the images for our world?

Methaven’s work can be seen in lectures, publications, videos, exhibitions and a number of print and web campaigns, including a new corporate design for Wikileaks. Their work has been shown in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Walker Art Center and Manifesta 8. The studio was awarded with the Cobra Art Prize and the Icon Design Studio of the Year award in 2013. Forthcoming projects include the book Black Transparency. The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance, published by Sternberg Press.

City Rising, 2014. Single-channel video. Video still featururing models of “New Babylon” by Constant Nieuwenhuys, courtesy Fondation Constant-Pictoright and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.City Rising, 2014. Single-channel video. Video still featururing models of “New Babylon” by Constant Nieuwenhuys, courtesy Fondation Constant-Pictoright and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Billboard, 2014. Included in the exhibition “Speculative Spaces” at Luminary Center for the Arts, St Louis. Billboard, 2014. Included in the exhibition “Speculative Spaces” at Luminary Center for the Arts, St Louis. 

A portrait of Metahaven, design and research studio, Amsterdam.