Surveillance Camera 1/∞. ©Adam Harvey 2019.
Surveillance Camera 1/∞. ©Adam Harvey 2019.


Adam Harvey (US/DE) is a researcher and artist based in Berlin focused on computer vision, privacy, and surveillance. He is a graduate of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University (2010) and previously studied engineering and photojournalism at the Pennsylvania State University. Previous projects on surveillance include CV Dazzle (camouflage from face recognition), the Anti-Drone Burqa (camouflage from thermal cameras), SkyLift (a geolocation spoofing device), and MegaPixels (interrogating face recognition information supply chains). His work has been featured widely in media publications including the New York Times, BBC, Spiegel, Washington Post, Wired, New Yorker, and the Financial Times; and shown at internationally acclaimed institutions and events including V&A museum (UK), Seoul Mediacity Biennale (KR), Istanbul Design Biennale (TK), Frankfurter Kunstverien (DE), Zeppelin Museum (DE), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (US), and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (US).

Recently, Harvey developed VFRAME, a computer vision project that helps human rights researchers use visual forensic tools for OSINT investigations. VFRAME received an Award of Distinction from Ars Electronica in 2019, was nominated for for the EU STARTS prize in 2018, and nominated for the Beazley Design of The Year Award in 2019.

Currently he is a research fellow at the Künstlich Intelligenz und Medienphilosophie program at Karlsruhe Hf and a digital fellow at the Weizenbaum Institut in Berlin working on, a project that investigates the ethics and origins of facial recognition training data.



I'm based in Berlin and enjoy working with critical research groups and artists on topics related to data, privacy, surveillance, and computer vision.

As part of the VFRAME computer vision project, I work with partner organizations to redact biometric data from large image and video datasets.

Also, lectures. Past events include Disruption Network Lab AI Traps (2019), Eyeo Festival (2019), HEAD - Genève (2019), Transmediale (2019), Aarhus University symposium on facial machines (2018), Georgetown Color of Surveillance (2018), re:publica Berlin (2018), TEDx Vilnius (2017), German Spy Museum (2017), re:publica Berlin (2016), HOPE (NYC), Elevate (Graz, 2017), and CCC (Hamburg, 2016), and European Commission's Annual Security Symposium (Brussels, 2015).


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