Los Angeles-based artist James Gilbert has been exploring the nature of privacy online with Tweeted, Googled and Inappropriately Touched. The cleverly named series incorporates smaller sub-projects, like “Privacy Is Dead Because We Said So, 2.0” (2010), which is included in #TheSocialGraph.

Admit it, you know you want a pair.

As part of the Brooklyn incarnation, Gilbert asks participants who would like to take one of the hundred hand-sewn plastic undergarments home to agree to the following conditions, including promising not to sell them, to post a photo with them online on some form of social media, and to send us the link. The images we’ve received (and posted on our tumblelog) portray everything from the very mundane shots of people holding them up to the definitely NSFW (see images here).

I spoke with Gilbert for our latest Hyperallergic TV podcast about his thoughts on social media (he’s more observer than participant) and what role the artist can play in that realm.

Also, one final thing. As a result of requests from Germany and Seattle, Gilbert has decided to expand his Brooklyn version, so if you would like to receive a pair of plastic undergarments — and promise to follow all the rules — then drop us a line on our Contact Form and we’d be happy to mail you a pair.

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.