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Winter Term 2018/19: Surveillance 101 – art work & readings

Readings Exposed. Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, 2010, catalogue Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, 1975. English translation freely available online. Giorgo Agamben: What is an Apparatus?
 (Was ist ein Dispositiv?) PDF available online Gerhard Paul – „Video“ oder: Was haben die Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) mit Homer zu tun? In the library: Randolph Lewis: Under Surveillance: Being […]

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 […]

Using CCTV to bring down fascists

The Forensic Architecture team has release another masterful media investigation: THE MURDER OF PAVLOS FYSSAS Here’s the quick summary. Full video linked below   In 2013, members of the Greek Nazi movement “Golden Dawn” murdered the antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas on the streets of Athens, a murder that was covered up by members of the Greek […]

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 http://t.co/swVgUoas0n — Metahaven (@mthvn) December 8, 2017 I’m just going to let this sit […]

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMM7p2blVXs Adam Curtis  – HyperNormalisation, video essay, 2016, freely available online i.e. […]