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Lost art of keeping a secret goes on display

Jane O'Faherty

Published 07/08/2015 | 02:30

Rebecca Amet, an immunology student at TCD, pictured with Hacking the Universe, 3D prints of quantum fluctuations and quantum vacuum noise, by Frederik de Wilde from Belgium
Rebecca Amet, an immunology student at TCD, pictured with Hacking the Universe, 3D prints of quantum fluctuations and quantum vacuum noise, by Frederik de Wilde from Belgium

The need for passwords, PIN codes and airport security is no secret, but a new exhibition at the Science Gallery questions why we hide information from others.

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'Secret: Nothing to See Here' features the work of 25 artists at the Trinity College site, looking at the future of surveillance, espionage and privacy.

The premise of the exhibition is that everyone shares, keeps or learns secrets every day - through gossip, surveillance, and even film plot spoilers.

One exhibit will show visitors an online approximation of their net worth compared with other visitors, when they swipe their credit cards.

Meanwhile, the Forgot Your Password installation allow visitors to browse a list of four million leaked LinkedIn user passwords, to see if their accounts fell victim to Russian cyber criminals in 2012.

"Depending on your perspective and profession, secrecy can be reviled or revered," said Ian Brunswick, programme manager and interim director of Science Gallery Dublin.

"What we want people to see in Secret is that everyone has secrets which they choose to encrypt or expose every day."

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