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ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art
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Leo Selvaggio

Independent Artist
Chicago, IL, USA
As an artist, I investigate the entanglements of identity with technology. I treat identity as data that can be manipulated, hacked, or even corrupted in our increasingly digital and networked society. Within the larger context of surveillance, my work examines how this data is subject to systems of oppression and patriarchal power that exploit and co-opt our personal identities for institutional gain.

In “URME Surveillance”, rather than hide the public from cameras, I invite users to wear a photo-realistic 3D printed prosthetic of my face. Thus, facial recognition systems attribute the wearer's actions as my own. In doing so, I enable the user to subvert highly networked surveillance through the creation and proliferation of disinformation.

I received my MFA from Columbia College’s Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program in 2014. My work has shown in New York, Chicago, Florida, New Mexico, France, and Canada. In 2014, I received the Albert P Weisman award for my work URME Surveillance and also exhibited my work, URME Polygons, in Art2Make, hosted by College Arts Association’s annual conference. In 2015 URME Surveillance was selected for the Art Souterrain festival in Montreal, ISEA 2015 conference in Vancouver, and the Saint-Etienne Design Biennial in France to name a few. URME Surveillance has been featured in Hyperallergic,Techcrunch, The Washington Post, CNET, The Verge, The Creator's Project and others.
Thursday, August 13
 

7:00pm

 
Friday, August 14
 

9:00am

9:30am

6:30pm

7:00pm

8:00pm

9:30pm

 
Saturday, August 15
 

7:00pm

 
Sunday, August 16
 

11:30am

2:00pm

6:00pm

8:00pm

10:00pm

 
Monday, August 17
 

9:30am

11:30am

2:00pm

10:00pm

 
Tuesday, August 18
 

9:00am

9:30am

2:00pm