Sean Willemstein: Actually Safe
MFA Digital Art Thesis Exhibition
Throughout my life, I have always had a fascination with technology. At one point this fascination could have even been described as an obsession, one which I would actually cut school to fulfill, staying home to study the family computer for days at a time. My first experiences online happened before the existence of the “World Wide Web”, when the internet was completely text based through a terminal interface connected over a telephone line. Other than the fact that I was dialed in through a home phone number, the internet was by and large anonymous; a wild west of breaking laws that would not yet be considered for several years to come. The idea that technological advances would combine with world events to slowly erode away my sense of privacy never even occurred to me.
Much of my work focuses on the evolution of the human and technology relationship, and how this relationship affects our civil liberties. Since the events of 9/11, our sense of what is acceptable from a security perspective has changed drastically. Once it was enough to pass through a metal detector, now we must actually remove our shoes to board an airplane, as well as submit to a revealing full body scan. We are not allowed to carry standard toothpaste and shampoo bottles on an airplane, or even wear questionable attire or fashion accessories. The horrific terrorist acts of the past 20 years have been carried out with much the same methods they were long before body scanners existed. The theater of airline security is ripe for parody, and so shall it be.
Sean Willemstein is a white male based out of New York, NY. He is approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 190 pounds with a medium build. He has red hair and brown eyes. Sean is a graduate student at the Pratt Institute, enrolled in the combined MFA in Digital Arts and MS in Information and Library Science program. He is considered a specialist in technology, and works in various digital media fields.