Author Archives: Christian

the vulnerable, saved

the most moving of videos. an emotional truth in a concrete act. the vulnerable, saved. but the massive response also shows the numbness to political, legal and ethical abstractions. a medieval yearning for the viscerally and passionately real, quantified by media — Metahaven (@mthvn) December 8, 2017 I’m just going to let this sit […]

A Cultural History of Surveillance – updated

A historical overview of landmark events and developments in systematised watching, throughout art and architecture, society and technology. ~60 AD (Roman Period). Early manifestations of panoptic labor camps in the Negev desert. An even older but similar site nearby dates from Early Bronze Age II–III periods (3000–2400 BC). 1546 The Fields Have Eyes, The Woods […]

Winter Term readings & things to watch

Our topic for the Winter term 2017/18: Real, Fake and the Imaginary Here’s what to read and watch. The titles are in the library on the Semesterapparat shelf, unless otherwise noted. Adam Curtis –  Living in an Unreal World, trailer for HyperNormalisation, 2016 Adam Curtis  – HyperNormalisation, video essay, 2016, freely available online i.e. […]