geolocation spoofing device
The project Data Pool Party, a cooperation of the projects SkyLift by programmer, designer and artist Adam Harvey and Unreal Estates by designer Anastasia Kubrak investigates the technological possibilities of localization. Since the 2000s Harvey has worked with algorithms for monitoring and facial recognition, designing and programming counter-strategies that undermine the operation of common control systems. Kubrak on the other hand uses military technology and high-resolution aerial imagery to actively shape digital reputation, for example with a fake pool next to the own shack. Harvey’s SkyLift, a device for manipulating Wifi-based geolocation, allows visitors of the pool to digitally relocate the signal? of their mobile phones to another location. For VOYAGE, Harvey and Kubrak have selected private pools of big tech billionaires. Wifi signals of routers and cell phones received on site are recorded by SkyLift. If you use your mobile phone at TROPEZ it is no longer located in Berlin but in Silicon Valley, at the edge of the pool of famous tech founders like Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Evan Spiegel (Snap) or Larry Page (Google), amongst others.
About the artist
Adam Harvey is an artist and researcher exploring the impacts of networked data analysis technologies with a focus on computer vision, counter-surveillance, and privacy enhancing technologies. He is a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University and currently works as a computer vision specialist for investigative journalists. His work has been shown at Aksioma in Ljubljana (2017) and Utah Museum of Fine Arts (2015). Adam Harvey lives in Berlin.