Into the Digital Mesh, Galveston Arts Center

Solo show at the Galveston Arts Center in conjunction with the FotoFest 2018 Bienniel
Curated by Dennis Nance
Exhibition Dates: March 3 – April 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3, 6-9pm
Artists talk at 6:30pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11am-5pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Still from interactive video

AnnieLaurie Erickson’s work investigates the physical apparatus of the Internet and digital surveillance. Into the Digital Mesh includes photographic works from her ongoing Data Shadows series, which examines the traces of information we leave behind as we traverse the digital sea of the Internet. Traveling to every Google Data Center in the United States and Europe, and visting the largest data facilities of Apple and Facebook, Erickson documents the massive infrastructure that houses our data, juxtaposing their unremarkable exteriors with their brightly colored and tangled interiors. The project calls to attention to the physical scale of information collected by these institutions and considers its impact on our daily experience. Erickson’s work offers a symbolic gesture of “counterveillence,” illuminating the locations holding our data through photographs that peer back into to the global scale of technology that surveils our digital lives.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the FotoFest 2018 Biennial.