Data Collection

This installation by Kemp was created as part of the group exhibition “Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance Regimes and Social Control” at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, ON. Data Collection is composed of photographs of identification cards from 100 different people. Arranged as part of a large grid pattern on the wall, each of the photographs is the same size as the cards so that identification information outlined on it is available to viewers, although participants are allowed to remove any cards containing information they are uncomfortable with having displayed publicly—these removed cards are marked with a black square with “withheld” printed in white on it. Kemp’s piece questions the circulation over information related to identity, privacy, and security, and who has and is allowed to access and maintain control over such information.

Client:Dave Kemp, Data Collection, 2009. Installation view. Image courtesy of the artist. © Dave Kemp.
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