Public Secrets
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Public Secrets

by Sharon Daniel
Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

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This project uses the Flash plug-in, which is no longer supported by Adobe. As an alternative, view the project's video documentation below.

Public Secrets is a multi-vocal narrative that links individual testimony and public evidence, social theory and personal statements, in an effort to engage the public in a critical dialogue about crime and punishment and challenge the assumption that imprisonment provides a solution to social problems.  A collaboration with artist/scholar Sharon Daniel.

Official Honoree, Activism Category, 11th Annual Webby Awards
Transmediale 2008

Video Traversal

A high quality recording of the project as a user might experience it.

Video Introduction

A brief introduction to the project created at the time of its original release.


Image 1 from Public Secrets

Each section of the piece is introduced with a split screen which highlights the ways in which the space inside the prison shapes the space outside, and vice-versa.

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Audio statements from incarcerated women are arranged thematically for access by the user.

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Certain spaces allow the user to explore thematic connections to a single testimonial.

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In this area, users can explore all the statements of a single person included in the work.

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