Techniques of Surveillance Fall 06 - Resources

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Art Projects

See Surveillance section of [[Textz#Surveillance|Textz page]].

Books at the Brown Bookstore
  • Andrejevic, Mark. ''Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched.'' Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
  • De Landa, Manuel. ''War in the Age of Intelligent Machines.'' Zone Books, 1991.
  • Foucault, Michel. ''Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.'' Vintage, 1995.
  • Orwell, George    ''1984''. Signet, 1950.
Books on Reserve at the Rock
  • Andrejevic, Mark. ''Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched.'' Rowman & Littlefield
  • De Landa, Manuel. ''War in the Age of Intelligent Machines.'' Zone Books.
  • Foucault, Michel. ''Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.'' Vintage, 1995.
  • Levin, Thomas, Ursula Frohne, Peter Weibel, eds. ''CTRL [SPACE]: Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother.'' MIT Press, 2002.
Other Books
  • Brin, David. ''The Transparent Society.'' Perseus Books, 1998.
  • Lyon, David. ''Surveillance after September 11.'' Polity Press, 2003.
  • McGrath, John E. ''Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space.'' Routledge, 2004.
  • Elmer, Greg. ''Profiling Machines: Mapping the PErsonal Information Economy.'' MIT Press, 2004.
  • Parenti, Christian. ''The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror.'' Basic Books, 2003.
  • Solove, Daniel J. ''The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age.'' NYU Press, 2004.
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  • Bucky fuller: "Chronofile." Logged own life.
  • Ray mcgovern ex-cia re. NSA datatapping
  • [[Surveillance Orchestra of Anxiety|Orchestra of Anxiety]]
  • "Tactics of Surveillant Literacy" a talk by Tom Levin; Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute. Video @ <>. While surveillance has become a rather common feature of popular culture -from film, television and advertising to state-of-the-art interior design such as the Diller & Scofidio Brasserie, the Koolhas Prada Store and the fully-panoptic Remote Lounge (all in Manhattan)-the largely visual character of this surveillance, derived as it is from Bentham's model of the panopticon, has been rendered effectively anachronistic in an age dominated by a data-veillance that is entirely post-phenomenal (i.e. no longer available to the senses). Simultaneous with a fundamental shift away from a longstanding and healthy distrust of abusive violations of privacy (as in Orwell's 1984) towards a fascination with an increasingly omnipresent and willingly-embraced spectacle of surveillance (as in the global TV sensation Big Brother), the status of the dominant economy of surveillance has shifted to the digital domain (aggregation of databases, data-mining, etc) where it remains "invisible" and (in the US, unlike Germany) largely unchecked by the constraints of effective data-protective legislation. Yet as unprecedented levels of surveillance are being foisted upon an astonishingly willing public in the name of the so-called "homeland security" suddenly rendered urgent by the post-9/11 era, we are also witnessing the proliferation of interventions in the name of surveillant literacy, such as the Radical Software Group's "Carnivore" installations that expose the FBI's similarly-named packet-sniffing software by means of striking real-time visualizations, as well as practices of counter-surveillant civil-disobedience such as Steve Mann's "Shooting Back" wearable-computing project, or the Institute for Applied Autonomy's WiFi application for the real-time updating of the ACLU's map of the locations of surveillance cameras in Manhattan.
  • ''We Passion Power and Control'' - the dark desires of art under surveillance." Eyebeam and The Upgrade! invite you to take on the dark desires beyond the basic art/privacy/surveillance discourse. Through three projects exercising different modes of surveillance we will discuss artists' jealousy of authoritative powers and the desire to possess these powers themselves. This event is open to the public and free with a suggested donation.
    • in(security) - 31Down's Online Surveillance Drama This is a live online theater piece that uses surveillance cameras as a playing space for actors and audience members as you become part of a security team policing the streets of New York.  Devised and developed by: Ryan Holsopple and Mirit Tal.
    • ''Little Feet''. Little Feet Bureau International brings privatization to government surveillance. Four dot-matrix printers comb internet traffic. Upon finding words that threatens a client nation, the machines use the intercepted "evidence" to draft letters accusing and questioning the offenders. Obsessed with uncovering secrets, the final product of the system is a culture of paranoia. As such, the installation stands with one little foot planted in hysterical paranoia and conspiracy theory and the other in denial and the claim "it can't happen to me".
      Little Feet are: David Nolen, Toshiaki Ozawa and Mushon Zer-Aviv.
    • ''Generative Social Networking®''. Taking advantage of Bluetooth security flaws in cellphones, Generative Social Networking® unlocks the hidden potential of mobile contact lists to automatically connect people.  GSN® is an artistic experiment in urban hacking instigated by Christian Croft and Andrew Schneider, a critical media partnership currently researching at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

All three projects were developed at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.

The Upgrade! is a monthly gathering of new media artists and curators in New York City presented by Eyebeam and organized with new media artist Yael Kanarek.

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