Public Secrets / 2007

by Sharon Daniel, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

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.

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

Public Secrets Screenshot 1

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.

public Secrets Screenshot 2

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

Video Documentation

A brief demonstration of the project is presented below.

public Secrets Screenshot 3

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

public Secrets Screenshot 4

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