20 May 2017
The land for Treborth Botanic Garden was purchased by Bangor University in the 1960s in order to develop a plant collection for its Botany Department. The garden had previously been developed in the 1840s as part of the Chester and Holyhead Railway’s planned tourist destination Britannia Park. This was designed by architect and gardener Sir Joseph Paxton (1803 – 1865) – best known for designing the 1851 Great Exhibition’s Crystal Palace. However, lack of funding led to the project being abandoned.
The botanic garden is host to more than 2,000 native and exotic species and the university maintains six glasshouses on the site. The university provides free access to the grounds to the public throughout the year.
26 February 2017
The Veillance datascape artwork was designed by Llanfairfechan-based artist and design consultant Ronan Devlin, Designer-in-residence at Bangor’s Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre.
“A new interactive artwork that visualises information generated by our networked devices. Our digital devices regularly share information with government agencies and third party companies for both surveillance and commercial purposes.
“Veillance invites you to browse the internet using a device provided in the exhibition. Your searches will be intercepted, your data captured and reconfigured to create an immersive audio-visual experience.
“Your browsing will reveal words that are identified by UK and US global security services as ‘triggers’ for potential suspicious activity. These words appear to leave the screen echoing the journey your information makes from you to outside agencies. A list of websites with which your device is communicating is created in real-time, illustrating the constant communication between you, your data and outside agencies.
“To comply with data protection laws, the artwork intercepts only publicly accessible information from unencrypted websites.”