Touring Exhibitions

“This is a show that strives to teach, tease and irk visitors into considering the ubiquity of secrets and secret-breakers.” — Nature Magazine

From government surveillance to Hollywood spoilers, everyone has a secret. How do scientists, hackers, spies, journalists, psychologists, criminals, companies and governments approach this new world of secrets? From Easter eggs to cryptocurrencies, puzzles to politics, SECRET asks what is being hidden from us, and what are we hiding, from whom, and why?

Why do humans like to keep and reveal secrets and why are we attracted to mysteries and puzzles? When are secrets a good thing and who has the right to keep them? How do emerging technologies protect or undermine privacy? What secrets should never be revealed and where is more transparency needed? 

From cryptography, leaks, hidden messages, secret satellites, big data, conspiracy theories, puzzles, easter eggs and cryptocurrencies, SECRET asks how hackers, spies, journalists, psychologists, criminals, companies and governments are approaching the new world of secrets.

SECRET is an international exhibition and events programme from Science Gallery Dublin that explores the social and technological aspects of secrecy, particularly the future of surveillance, espionage and privacy.

THEMES EXPLORED
— Data security, privacy, big data
— Neuroscience
— Technology
— Language
— Cryptography
— Politics, society

VISITOR EXPERIENCE
SECRET immediately calls the visitor’s privacy into question as they are asked to Empty Their Pockets upon arriving into the exhibition. Following this they are faced with other secrets that they may have unwittingly given up, in a stealthy variety of exhibits. There is a subtle sense of the paranoia about how their privacy is violated, particularly through state and corporate surveillance. This is juxtaposed with enough thought-provoking fun to deflect the worst of any angst over digital surveillance, alongside meaningful ways they can change their habits and use technologies to advocate for change.
 

360° TOUR AND MICROSITE
Scroll around the 360° tour of SECRET below, filmed when it was exhibited at Science Gallery Dublin.
 

The SECRET microsite has detailed information about all of the SECRET exhibits from the Dublin showing.
 

CURATED BY AN EXPERT MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM
A curatorial team consisting of computer scientists, artists and researchers selected 23 projects from the open call submissions which best fit with the overall vision of SECRET and the key concepts we wished to explore. The curators of SECRET were:

— Tad Hirsch, Associate Professor, Interaction Design, University of Washington
— Julian Oliver, artist and Critical Engineer
— Marie Redmond, Professor of Digital Humanities, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
— Ian Brunswick, Director of Programming, Science Gallery Dublin
 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED
— Footprint: ~4500 sq. ft.
— Ceiling height: Minimum 10ft.
— Environment: 65-68°f / 18-20°c
— Dwell time: Approximately 1 hour
— Power needs: c.30 amps
— Set up time: ~8 days
— Take down time: ~6 days
— Delivery / pick up time: ~2 hours
— Science Gallery team supplied: 2 x techs, 2 x art handlers/assistants
— Venue needs for set up/take down: 2 x techs/riggers, 2 x assistants, access to wood and/or metal shop
— Equipment: Fork lift, pallet jacks, wheel boards
— Gallery: Lighting and rig  

WHAT HAVE VISITORS SAID ABOUT SEEING?
 

 

 

 

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE? 
Get in touch with Rob Warren, our Global Touring Manager, who is happy to help you with your enquiry or supply you with more details about any of our exhibitions. Talk to Rob at rob.warren@sciencegallery.com or +353 87 221 322.