[ISEA2020] Artist Statement: Evan Light — Snowden Archive-in-a-Box

Artist Statement

The Snowden Archive-in-a-Box (SAIB) is an offline wireless network and web server providing access to a replica of the Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive. Anybody in the vicinity can access the archive by connecting their wireless device to the Snowden Archive WiFi network and browsing to a website. Open the briefcase up and one finds a wood panel with a LCD inset, playing back the IP traffic of the archive’s current users. Thus, while an audience can access the Snowden documents and learn about mass surveillance from primary materials, they are also shown what data surveillance ‘looks like’. borderprobes.glendon.yorku.ca/snowden-archive-in-a-box

  • Dr. Evan Light is a digital artist and assistant professor of communications at Glendon College, York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the creator and maintainer of the Snowden Archive-in-a-Box, an autonomous offline archive of the Edward Snowden files and installation that aims to educate audiences about mass surveillance.