Aleatoric Collision (Sony Scandal)/Installation view

Sean Snyder (b.1972, USA) (Photo : Nils Clauss)2015

Nam June Paik Art Center

Nam June Paik Art Center

On November 23, 2014, Sony was made aware of a hacking of its server. Among other attacks, a series of emails between Sony executives were leaked. The threats involved a planned release of a movie The Interview, a comedy involving a scenario that appropriates the Cold War themes of security, defense, and secret infiltration into a rouge country. The hacking turned the company into a national security concern as the FBI doubted that the attack was made by hackers in China and North Korea. Critics opinionated that the scandal might have been fabricated. When the IP address of the attackers was revealed by other hacking organizations, the responsibility of the hacking had already become unclear. By examining the incident, the artist reminds of the fact that we are still exposed to a conventional way of information distribution, its fragility, and dangerous situations.

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  • Title: Aleatoric Collision (Sony Scandal)/Installation view
  • Creator: Sean Snyder (b.1972, USA) (Photo : Nils Clauss)
  • Date: 2015
  • Type: still images, texts, Sony smartphone, DVD dimensions variable