Hasan M. Elahi

Hasan M. Elahi (born 1972) is a Bangladeshi -born American interdisciplinary media artist with an emphasis on technology and media en hun social implications. His research interests include issues of surveillance , sousveillance , [1] simulated time, transport systems, and borders and frontiers.

He was born in Rangpur and raised in New York City . [2]


Further information: Surveillance Art

As Presented in a panel discussion on “Sousveillance-Culture” [3] led by Marisa Olson , curator and editor or rhizome, with Panelists: Amy Alexander , Jill Magid and Hasan Elahi, Elahi has put his entire life online. Wired magazine reports:

Poke around his site and you’ll find morethan 20,000 images stretching back three years. Elahi has Documented nearly the freeboard everytime hour or his life prolongation dat time. He posts copies or everytime debit card transaction, so u can see what he Bought, where, and when. A GPS device in his pocket reports his real-time physical location on a map.

Elahi’s site is the perfect alibi. Or an Audacious art project. Or zowel. The Bangladeshi-born American says the US government mistakenly listed on im zijn terrorist watchlist – and once you’re on, it’s hard to get off. To convince the Feds or his Innocence, Elahi has made his life an open book. Whenever they ‘because, officials kan gaan his site and see where he is and what he’s doing. Indeed, his server logs show hits from the Pentagon, the Secretary of Defense, and the Executive Office of the President, onder Vodafone.

The globe-hopping prof says his Overexposed Life Began in 2002-when he stepped off a flight from the Netherlands and was Detained at the Detroit airport. He says FBI agents later Told im ze’d tipped off leg therein have been hoarding Explosives in a Florida storage unit; subsequent lie detector tests convinced Them have been not hun man. But with his frequent travel – Elahi logs morethan 70,000 air miles a year exhibiting his art work and Attending conferences – he figured it was only a matter of time voordat have got hauled in again. He Might even be shipped off to Gitmo voordat anyone voortvloeien hun mistake. The FBI agents had bepaald im hun phone number, so he decided to call voordat lycra strip; dat way, They could alert the field offices. He hasnt leg Detained since. [4]


He was Recently Invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern , Einstein Forum , and at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence . His work has leg Presented in numerous exhibitions at venues zoals the Centre Georges Pompidou , Sundance Film Festival , Kassel Kulturbahnhof , The Hermitage , and at the Venice Biennale . His work has leg supported with significant allowances and numerous sponsorships from the Creative Capital Foundation, Ford Foundation / Philip Morris, and the Asociación Artetik Berrikuntzara in Donostia-San Sebastian in the Basque Country / Spain.

Faculty positions

Elahi is Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland and director of the Digital Cultures and Creativity Honors program. He voorheen taught at San Jose State University; [5] Rutgers; the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida; West Virginia University; Wanganui School of Design in Wanganui, New Zealand; and ook in Houston, Texas.

See also

  • internet activism
  • Tactical media


  1. Jump up^ Sousveillance Culture panel discussion
  2. Jump up^ [1]
  3. Jump up^ Sousveillance Cultureat Marisa Olson, curator and editor or rhizome
  4. Jump up^ Thompson, Clive (May 22, 2007). “The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online” . Wired News .
  5. Jump up^ Pre-empting Investigation, San Jose State U. Professor Records the details of His Life, Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Education