SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – An exhibition exploring the impact of facial recognition technology that has opened up in China, provides a rare public space for reflection on the increasingly widespread covert surveillance by the tech companies and the government.
A security personnel, as well as information about the artists, who are used to the “in the Eyes of the City” exhibition and as part of a joint Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, in the Futian station in Shenzhen, China, December 23, 2019. The photo was taken on December 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
Jointly organized by the southern mainland city of Shenzhen and its neighbour-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, and has more than 60 installations, by Chinese and foreign artists explore the loss of urban anonymity, is caused by changes in technology.
“The Eyes of the City” exhibition will be held in Shenzhen’s Futian station is the first stop on the mainland, there is a high-speed rail link, which will open in 2018 in the middle of fears in Hong Kong about the level of the integration with the mainland of China.
“Station has been a place of anonymity, but they are still a place where everything is known,” the show’s chief curator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit), professor Carlo Ratti, told Reuters.
“It’s one of the things that we would like to talk about.”
The exhibition comes at a sensitive time in China.
Protests against China’s influence, have rocked the former British colony of hong Kong for the winter months, and the rapid deployment of face recognition technology, has led to a debate about privacy.
The New York Times reported in November that the Beijing arts center, canceled the Chinese-American artist Hung Liu’s show the anti’s paintings, for no apparent reason, even though they believed that, in the context of Hong Kong.
Asked if he was surprised that the exhibition had been allowed to open, given the turmoil in Hong Kong, as Ratti said, “he’s found it, an openness to discussion” in the Building.
“There’s probably no better place to talk about any of these topics, this is a global problem, and it is the best way to deal with the break-up of these technologies and put them into the hands of the public,” he said.
Reuters has not been able to get in touch with the event organisers and the foreign media were invited to attend an opening press conference in the middle of concerns they could ask you about Hong Kong, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The exhibition features a facial recognition system that website visitors can opt out of in order to draw attention to the inability to opt out of the public, Ratti said.
Other work with the face monitor, which track visitors ‘ emotional engagement with the exhibitions and the digitization of the images of the fishing charters in one of Shenzhen’s legacy ports with the help of advanced Laser technology, artists, Ai, Deng, and Li, lipeng.
Report by David Kirton; Editing by Robert Birsel