An erroneous tip linked Hasan Elahi to terrorist activities shortly after 9/11 that led to a six-month long FBI investigation. Although multiple polygraph tests and interviews eventually cleared him, Elahi wanted to give the FBI a helping hand.
Elahi began monitoring himself and has documented nearly every waking hour of his life during that time. Since 2001, the project has generated thousands of images and points of data that track him. Initially created for his FBI agent, the public can now monitor his communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with the various intelligence and government agencies who frequent his website.
Elahi is an artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and the challenges of borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, and at the Venice Biennale. His work is frequently in the media and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and The Colbert Report. Elahi has spoken about his work to a broad range of audiences such as the Tate Modern, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, TED and The World Economic Forum of Directors. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Art at University of Maryland.