"Not that they were unfamiliar with the possibility that people would use Grindr for an art project, but that they would use it without their knowledge or consent." Other Internet art projects Shaka Mc Glotten, a professor at the State University of New York who researches the interaction between art, technology and sexuality, says many artists are using the Internet and apps such as Grindr in their work.But Mc Glotten stresses the need for an ethical and transparent approach when deploying these tools.And Verhoeven says few have taken the time to examine the effect the app may be having on their ability to connect with other people in public spaces.
The project, called " Wanna Play ," used Verhoeven's Grindr profile to draw chat partners into a discussion about online intimacy.
It was cut short on October 5, however, after some users protested, saying it was a violation of their privacy.
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Hebel am Ufer (HAU), a state-funded theater which sponsored Verhoeven's project, later held two town hall-style meetings to discuss the merits and failings of the project. An American in his 20s who went over to Verhoeven's cube shortly after it opened became particularly irate when he saw his chat messages and photos being read by the assembled crowd.
He has threatened legal action against the artist and HAU, accusing both of entrapment.
I think these questions are important to ask today," Verhoeven says. "The irony of course is that the purpose of the technology is to allow you to be located," Nyong'o notes.
He also wanted to question the privacy relationship between the user of such apps and the companies that own them - and often, their users' data. "But it's a delicate balance between when you choose to send out your location and when someone can just find it." It's often said that young Germans have never been so conformist.
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