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MCAD Artist Lecture to Focus on Surveillance and Security
Feb 12, 2010 (02:02 PM EST)

World-renowned artist Hasan Elahi will be joined by security expert Bruce Schneier

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Artist Hasan Elahi will discuss "Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project," on February 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Auditorium 150 at MCAD. Joining him for a dialog is computer security specialist and bestselling author Bruce Schneier. This event is free and open to the public.

Hasan Elahi developed "Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project" after the Department of Homeland Security erroneously detained him at an airport. Though subsequent interviews with the FBI cleared him, Elahi, a Bangladesh-born United States citizen, decided to employ the technology of surveillance to give him a constant alibi. The result is a Web-based system that uses GPS data, Google maps, and photographic evidence, including images of airports and food receipts, to provide an up-to-the-minute account of Elahi's whereabouts.

Elahi has presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, the Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale. He has received significant grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Ford Foundation/Philip Morris, and the Asociacion Artetik Berrikuntzara in Donostia-San Sebastian in the Basque Country/Spain. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, and The Colbert Report. Elahi is an assistant professor at San Jose State University and is the 2009 Resident Faculty and Nancy G. MacGrath Endowed Chair at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. His work can be viewed online at and

Appearing with Elahi is Bruce Schneier, best known as a candid security critic and commentator. Schneier is a bestselling author and frequent contributor to major publications, including The New York Times and The Guardian. His first bestseller, Applied Cryptography, was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." Beyond Fear tackles the problems of security from small to large. His current book, Schneier on Security, offers insight into everything from the overrated risk of identity theft to the long-range security threat of unchecked presidential power and the surprisingly simple way to tamper-proof elections. Schneier also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram, with over 150,000 readers. In its ten years of regular publication, Crypto-Gram has become one of the most widely read forums for discussions, critiques, and debate about security.

SOURCE Minneapolis College of Art and Design