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Modded Server-Rack Display with David Darchicourt LinkedIn Profile



Simon Denny

New Zealand

1982 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Berlin Germany
    Media category
    Materials used
    UV print on Revostage platform, powder coated 19” server rack, Cisco Systems WS-C2948G switch, LAN cables, Bachmann power strip, HP Proliant 380DL G5 server, steel tray, Fisso steel spacers, UV prints on Aludibond, laser cut plexiglas letters, powder coated steel components, Corel Painter 12 promotional paint can, CD sleeve, UV print on sandblasted laminated safety glass, LED strips
    254.5 x 100.0 x 146.0 cm
    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Clinton Ng and Steven Johnston 2022
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Simon Denny

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    Simon Denny

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  • About

    Simon Denny’s research-driven practice examines the evolution of technology and its role in shaping the cultural, economic and political structures of our increasingly global society. His installations incorporate a range of media including computer hardware and machinery, corporate logos, graphics, photographs and text in an investigation of surveillance, data collection, and how information is ultimately distributed and used.

    'Modded Server-Rack Display with David Darchicourt LinkedIn Profile' was originally displayed as part of 'Secret Power' at the New Zealand Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Denny’s work was installed across two venues: the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (Marciana Library), in Piazzetta San Marco, and the terminal at Marco Polo Airport. 'Secret Power' was partially inspired by the actions of former National Security Agency (NSA) consultant and whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who, in 2013, leaked a series of PowerPoint slides detailing classified information relating to US telecommunications surveillance to the world media. This included information about New Zealand’s involvement in international surveillance as a member of the US-led Five Eyes alliance.

    Denny transformed the Marciana Library into a server room, complete with computer equipment and server racks that doubled as display apparatus for graphic materials. The cartoonish images were sourced from the slides leaked by Snowden that have since become synonymous with our understanding of surveillance and its impact on the privacy of individuals. The artwork’s title refers to David Darchincourt, the former NSA designer and Creative Director of Defence Intelligence who created the imagery used by the NSA, particularly in the material released by Snowden.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Secret Power, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice, 09 May 2015–22 Nov 2015

    • Simon Denny Mine, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, 08 Jun 2019–18 Mar 2020

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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