In the framework of an artist residency entitled RE:SEARCHING IT SECURITY, we wanted to give our scientists the opportunity to explore how the two disciplines can enrich each other. By engaging with art, they were to gain a new perspective on their work, question the familiar and the routine, and gain creative impulses for their work. At the same time, a work of art was to be created that would give the public an equally new and unusual view of IT security and make them think.
Berlin-based media artist Marco Barotti was selected for the artistic collaboration with his concept APES. Beforehand, artists from all over the world had submitted their project ideas as part of an open call to become our Artist in Residence.
Over the course of many weeks, researchers from the CASA Cluster of Excellence, the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, and the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy met with Marco digitally and on the RUB campus to discuss their research topics and visions for the future. During the joint exchange, new ideas and thought-provoking impulses kept coming in, which shaped the artwork. Thus, the initial idea evolved into a work of art that deals with our digital development as well as the topics of IT security, data consumption, surveillance capitalism, disinformation and energy needs.
The project was realized together with STATE.