Surveillance in Art

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PublisherAutonomedia2009
‘Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralisation of politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state activity. What used to be one among several decisive measures of public administration until the first half of the twentieth century, now becomes the sole criterion of political legitimation. The thought of security entails an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be ...
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PublisherDroste Effect2018
Robotics and soft AI are bringing everyday changes both to the work field and to our free time. How does this condition reflect itself on the artistic practice? Can we humans liberate ourselves from our anthropocentric viewpoint and accept the intellective superiority of machines? Will we be able to overcome our fear of automation? In the utopian view of a fully automated production, not only work ethics should be re-thought, but also our certainties about aesthetics.
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Glass Bead is a research platform and a journal concerned with transfers of knowledge across art, science and philosophy, as well as with their practical and political dimensions. It was conceived and is run by Fabien Giraud, Jeremy Lecomte, Vincent Normand, Ida Soulard and Inigo Wilkins. We are artists, art historians and theorists based in Paris and London. Glass Bead’s project is defined by its two distinct yet interconnected activities: Journal and Research. Research comprises the organization of private and public Events (workshops, conferences), an Audio Research Program (made of the recording of the talks of the events and of special interviews), and ...
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Meson press publishes research on digital cultures and networked media. Our open access publications challenge contemporary theories and advance key debates in the humanities of today. We combine a rigorous peer-review with hybrid formats and collaborative production methods. As a cooperative, meson press is organized in a participated setup. This allows scholars to take part in a publishing venture by academics for academics and for everyone else who is curious about theory. In the hybrid environment of today’s scholarly publishing, form follows function in a new manner. meson press books take pride in the haptic elegance of print and are ...
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PublisherWilliam Wiebe2018
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Chekhov’s Gun at 062 Gallery. An industrial revolution is a product test that everyone participates in. One’s participation is induced by the diffusion of new technologies, the depth of their adoption and their aggregate influence.1 In a promotional video, the World Economic Forum heralds the fourth industrial revolution as “blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.”2 A visit to Davos truly is not complete without an experience of these new forms of time compression. Try out the seventy-five minute refugee simulation sponsored by Facebook.3 Tell us about your experience having your ...
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Ruben Pater, working under the name Untold Stories, describes his work as creating “visual narratives about geopolitical issues” and creating “new relations between journalism and design.” He most recently is the author of the book, The Politics of Design, where Pater explores the cultural and political context of the typography, colors, photography, symbols, and information graphics that we use every day. In this conversation, I talk with Ruben about the book and the relationship between design and journalism, showcasing his process as the artifact, the importance of studying design outside of the traditional Western canon, and why he still calls himself ...
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PublisherWilliam Wiebe2017
Suprahuman is the product of a collaboration between William Wiebe and Dr. John Santerre, a computer scientist working on the development of scalable machine learning techniques for use on cancer and antimicrobial resistance. In the book, Wiebe and Santerre bring aerial surveillance into conversation with research imagery integral to the evolution of cutting-edge deep neural networks, a juxtaposition that recognizes the persistent links between military power and scientific advancement. This relationship is especially relevant to the funding and development of artificial intelligence, which has largely been underwritten by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Our work explores the possibilities of a concealment sited ...
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PublisherInhabitants2016
The Wages for Facebook manifesto appeared anonymously online in 2014. Its website consists of a single page with the manifesto written in bold letters scrolling automatically, denying visitors the ability to use the patented swipe gesture or the scrollbar. Wages for Facebook refers to a 1975 text “Wages against Housework” by Silvia Federici, the feminist author and activist, which addressed the invisible role played by women’s affective labor as mothers, wives, and housewives (although not exclusively) in sustaining capitalism. In the same vein, Wages for Facebook demands that our time spent online, on social media platforms be recognized for what it is: ...
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PublisherThe New Inquiry2017
Facial recognition technology turns your face into code that can be archived and traded among strange and suspect parties. Its growing sophistication in the hands of law enforcement poses a particular threat to anonymous dissent. Civil rights groups are already forecasting a near future where police use of facial recognition to track protesters will discourage people from hitting the streets. The face is only one of several methods that companies specializing in biometric identification technology are developing at a rapid pace. Because they’re harder to forge than passwords, companies are scooping up our faces, gaits, irises and fingerprints in the name ...

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