“Exploring the undiscovered areas of Grindr,” the profile of a man named Dries on the dating app reads. “Trying to be brave, kind and creative. Expect the unexpected!” He got the last part right anyway. Dries Verhoeven has been carrying out an “art project” in Berlin, in which he is living inside of a glass container, and projecting the contents of his Grindr conversations onto a giant screen. The rest of us his day to day life can also be observed. It’s a commentary on our internet vs. IRL lives or something hugely revelatory like that. Read his explanation of the project here.
Some people, you will be surprised to learn, don’t exactly appreciate having what they presume to be private conversations broadcast in public, however. People like photographer Parker Tilghman, who relayed his dismay at having been duped by Dries on a recent Facebook post. (h/t Dazed, who have more on the story).
“I feel so violated I am having trouble formulating the words to describe it,” Tilghman explained. “How can you ethically project conversations that are considered private to the other person, when they have no knowledge of what you are doing?”
gays require safe spaces to exist in. we have been creating them forever. those safe spaces protect us from the hideousness of the outside world. granted, grinder is not exactly a “safe space”, but it is a space for us to communicate our desires and needs. in this digital world, its one of the few safe spaces we have. he is violating that. he is opening up that space for the sake of “art” and in doing so endangering people in the process.
Long story short: Don’t share private conversations you have with people online. Not even for art.