Supporting digital artist on new exhibit that asks questions about the impact of technology

16-11-2017 | RS Components | Design Applications

RS Components is sponsoring the ‘humansbeingdigital’ art exhibition, which is on display at The Lowry, Salford Quays, from 18 November 2017 to 25 February 2018.

The exhibition allows visitors to experience a range of emotional and physical reactions to artwork that explores the links between humans, machines and technology – both now and in the future. The company, via its DesignSpark community, is working with one of these artists – Nye Thompson – whose installation uses technology to highlight the unsecure nature of millions of security cameras across the world. ‘Open’ feeds, displayed on the gallery wall, raise questions about technology and privacy.

Nye Thompson has long been focusing on the relationship and interface between the ‘real’ embodied world and the virtual one, exploring the way new technology paradigms transform humanity and the social and psychological impact of living in a world of connected objects. She has been sharing her engineering-inspired artwork with the DesignSpark engineering community since 2013. Now this latest installation at The Lowry builds upon her ‘Backdoored’ project, which focuses on the vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT).

“RS is very excited to be supporting Nye’s continuing work and her new installation at The Lowry,” said Mike Bray, VP of DesignSpark at RS. “We have followed her work with much interest via our DesignSpark engineering community. In addition to our support for Nye, RS is donating a number of Raspberry Pi Premium Display kits, which will be reused after the exhibition to help set up a digital skills lab for youngsters in Salford, Manchester.”

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