For a limited time, the New Museum Store will be hosting a very of-the-moment Privacy Gift Shop, which will feature “stealth wear” clothing and accessories that will help you dodge — or at least make you hope you are — surveillance methods.
The product line, designed by artist Adam Harvey and fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield, includes the Anti-Drone Scarf (it looks like a hijab and protects against thermal imaging surveillance), the OFF Pocket Phone Case (blocks wireless signals), the Metal Dollar Bill (shields RFID units in your wallet from would-be identity thieves), and the least-subversive of the lot, the IXNY Tee, which is a redesign of the iconic “I Love NY” T-shirt featuring OCR-resistant font that cannot be deciphered by the NSA.
Have an anxiety about something in your life? Be assured that someone will find a way to sell you something to assuage that fear.
If the Privacy Gift Shop ever wants to expand their selection, I hope they consider artist Evan Roth’s “TSA Communication” backpack plates in their selection, which certainly are a conversation starter with any TSA airport security official. Oh, and good luck going through airport security with any of these security hacks.
The Privacy Gift Shop opens at the New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan) on Wednesday, August 28 and continues until Sunday, September 22.