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Exit Through the Anti-Surveillance Gift Shop

A stealth hijab (all images courtesy New Museum)
An anti-drone scarf helps the owner avoid thermal imaging. (all images courtesy New Museum)

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 "OFF Pocket" phone case blocks 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and other signals in case you have to cloak your phone data.
The “OFF Pocket” phone case blocks 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and other signals in case you have to cloak your phone data.

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.

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The Metal Dollar Bill blocks RFID signals.
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“I Love NY” T-shirt with OCR-resistant font.

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.

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