Artist and Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, Departments of Architecture and Media Study
Mark Shepard is an artist and architect whose work addresses contemporary entanglements of people, space and data. He has exhibited at museums, galleries and festivals internationally, including the 2012 Venice International Architecture Biennial, the 2011 Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, and the 2009 International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam. His book Sentient City: ubiquitous computing, architecture and the future of urban space, published by MIT Press, documents and expands upon Toward the Sentient City, an exhibition he curated for the Architectural League of New York that critically explored the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing and the city through a series of commissioned projects distributed throughout New York City. Mark is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he directs the Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP) and co-directs the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST).
BY MARK SHEPARD
@ VOL 15
ON FEB 04, 2016
"Let's get personal."
In False Positive from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, artist, architect and educator Mark Shepard reminds us that it is not just the trust we place in network infrastructure but also our willingness to trade bits of personal data for access to online services that renders us vulnerable. Caught between the ruse and exploit, we find ourselves subject to ever more sophisticated forms of profiling, both online and off. Yet if algorithmically generated data-bodies are our future, they are also prone to error. Sherpard's project FALSE POSITIVE deploys text messaging, stealth infrastructure, street intervention, and data visualization to enact a surveillance conspiracy engaging the public in an intimate, techno-political conversation with the mobile technologies on which they depend.