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Big Blend Radio: Artist Hasan Elani at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio’s TOAST TO THE ARTS & PARKS show, featuring Hasan Elahi, the recent NPAF artist-in-residence at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, plus, Tanya Ortega - Founder of National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF).

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist working with issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. His life changed in a fateful way, after Sept. 11, 2001. Returning from an exhibition in Amsterdam, he was pulled aside at a Detroit airport checkpoint and questioned for hours, and what would eventually turn out to be almost a year of FBI investigation. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI and after undergoing months of interrogations, he was finally cleared of suspicions. After this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened just about every aspect of his life to the public. This is a form of ‘Sousveillance’, a subversive practice that changes the power dynamics of observer and observed in a fascinating way. Watch Hasan Elahi’s TED Talk Here.

Music featured on this episode is ‘Hi’Ilawe’ from the album ‘Ripe’ by acclaimed Hawaiian slack key guitarist, Makana.