Artwork Title: I’d rather be in a dark silence than, 2020
Artists: Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti in collaboration with Barbara Sanchez-Kane
LA-based artist duo Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti debut I’d rather be in a dark silence than, the first piece from their Privacy Collection, a series of signal blocking wearables. The collection is an appendage project to their seminal work On View, looking at the entanglement of social media, convenience culture, extractive technologies, and data in modern society. The trench coat, created in collaboration with fashion designer Barbara Sanchez-Kane, merges conceptual art and function. Its visually absurd pockets are lined with military grade fabric to keep wireless devices offline—a technique primarily used in law enforcement and digital forensics, executive travel protection for anti-hacking/anti-tracking, secure communications and signal isolation/blocking. Its shielding nickel and copper composition blocks WiFi (2.4 & 5GHz), Bluetooth, cell signals including 5G networks, GPS, RFID, radio signals (80-100dB shielding rating from 10Mhz to 5Ghz), in addition to shielding EMI, RFI, EMF radiation.
Devices sealed in the dark pockets are unable to be reached, tracked, traced, nor monitored. Despite the problematic T&Cs the wearer has signed, this trench cancels it out—at least for a moment.
I'd rather be in a dark silence than, Ania Catherine and Dejha Ti
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