The photo shows several people in a tram, all looking at their smartphone. Above their faces lies the face recognition symbol in neon green color.
Sat, October 14, 2017 – Wed, December 06, 2017

The »Global Control and Censorship« exhibition, which was on display at the ZKM and in the Tallinn Art Hall opened on October 13, 2017 at the Slowakian Nová Synagóga Žilina. 

Knowledge is power. But those who control the flow of information have the greatest power of all. The digitalization of all areas of life and its networking in the infosphere have connected all people from all over the world. Each day, all kinds of content and data are created billion-fold and sent all over the world. Even during its creation, before it reaches its recipients, our data is picked up by private service providers and government services and used for their purposes.

Through mass data acquisition, global businesses benefit from the individual and social dependencies of their users. And with the convincing argument of security, government services strive unashamedly for the perfection and major expansion of their data collections.

Has subjection to all-powerful instances of monitoring and censorship already become part of the human condition, to the fundamental basis of our culture? In an emergent culture of suspicion, ubiquitous monitoring of citizens could cause resignation, self-censorship and assimilation through to silent complicity.

Nová Synagóga Žilina
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media

Arbeitsgruppe Netzpolitik des Instituts für Politische Wissenschaften, Uni Heidelberg, Kompetenzzentrum für angewandte Sicherheitstechnologie (KASTEL) am Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT), Reporter ohne Grenzen, Chaos Computer Club e.V. (CCC) und

Accompanying program