Hasan Elahi

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Hasan Elahi

Hasan Elahi is a media artist and Assistant Professor at San Jose State University. His research interests include issues of surveillance, sousveillance, simulated time, transport systems, and borders and frontiers.

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Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale.



Tracking Transience

Tracking Transience, 2007

Hasan Elahi's Tracking Transience (2007) is an artistic project and website that documents his entire life. Elahi was detained by the FBI in 2002 as a terrorism suspect. He was released after taking lie-detector tests but the experience convinced him of the need to maintain an alibi at all times. To document his entire life, he created a website that syncs up with a personal GPS device and tracks his every movement. The site also includes his uploaded credit card receipts and over 20,000 photos.

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