Are we being watched?

 EYE: Mici Boxell, 2016, photographic acetate print, mirror.

EYE: Mici Boxell, 2016, photographic acetate print, mirror.

The annual La Trobe Visual Art and Design student exhibition, currently showing at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, focusses on the vision of constant surveillance described in George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Curated by Dr Vincent Alessi and Dr Kristian Häggblom, nine students explore the idea that in today’s digital age our every phone call, internet search and post leaves behind a digital footprint.

Others know who we are and what we like by mining our digital movements and curiosities.

We live in a world where the line between public and private continually dissolves.

Just like Winston in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four we are not ever really aware if, and when, we are being watched.

This exhibition explores issues as varied as surveillance, geo-mapping, the digital genome, social media platforms and the diffusion between our public and private selves.