Modern digital technology and its proliferation is a subject of immediate relevance, interest, and importance. Building upon events and knowledge from the twentieth-century, the twenty-first-century (a.k.a., the ‘information civilization’) has seen a significant increase in the development and ubiquity of advanced digital technologies. Trevor Embury’s research and body of work facilitates investigations into paradoxical and asymmetrical relationships between twenty-first-century individuals as both agents of looking and subjects of surveillance. From the Internet of things and monitored consumer behaviour to data harvesting and algorithmic bias—the many forms of modern surveillance are bolstered by capitalist business models that inflect our everyday and shape our modern human experience.
By exploring our social and political condition with digital technology, his work focuses on understanding the roles of semiotics, rhetoric, and visibility in the broader context of surveillance, privacy, identity, and agency to call attention to existing cultural forms and their operations. His work aims to create collective dialogue and encourage individual action in an age of total information awareness.
His practice is situated within the domain of research-creation—connecting artistic and academic research practices through scholarly inquiry, visual experimentation, and critical reflection. His methods and perspectives engage critical discourse in fields ranging from cultural studies to information science rendered through the lens of graphic design. His work consists of printed matter, photography, video, and site-specific installations.