Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival


After being mislabeled and tracked as a terrorist, Hasan Elahi decided to reclaim his pursuit of happiness by naming the FBI as his artistic collaborator. By tracking himself in this website installation, he enables anyone to see what he is doing anytime, analyzing the incredible connection between the real and virtual worlds we now swear by.


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