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
In the library:
Randolph Lewis: Under Surveillance: Being Watched in Modern America
CTRL [Space]: Rhetorics of Surveillance, from Bentham to Big Brother, Thomas Y. Levin, Ursula Frohne, and Peter Weibel, ed. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002)
Surveillance and Security, Technological Politics and Power in Everyday Life. Edited By Toren Monahan
Christopher Dandeker, Surveillance,Power & Modernity
Newell, Bryce Clayton [editor], Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space
Vian Bakir, Sousveillance, media and strategic political communication
Art works shown and discussed
Niels Bonde (seminar guest Nov 14, 2018), I Never had Hair on my Body or Head, 1996
Jonas Mekas, The Brig, 1964
Harun Farocki, Gefängnisbilder (Prison Images), 2000
Artur Zmijewski, Repetition, 2006
Gregor Schneider, Beach Cells, 2007
Lisa Domin – Faxen, 2018
not-to miss all-time favorites
The Conversation, Francis Ford Coppola, 1974
Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006
The Social Network Trailer, featuring a cover of Radiohead’s Creep
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 police, known to be riddled with Golden Dawn infiltrators, and abetted by Members of Parliament from Golden Dawn.
As the case works its way through the Greek courts, the University of London’s “Forensic Architecture” group has been called in to make sense of a welter of evidence about the crime and the cover-up, deploying their system of using “architectural techniques and technologies to investigate cases of state violence and violations of human rights around the world.”
The result is a 37 minute video that Talos on Metafilter a masterpiece of analytic exposition and impressively recreates the events surrounding the murder based on available data sources — it is.
The Fyssas trial has the potential to bring down Golden Dawn, to bring its true nature as an organized crime group into the open, to eliminate it from the Greek Parliament and to trigger a purge of Nazi elements from the Greek police. It is nothing short of seismic.
But even if you don’t care about any of that, this video is remarkable, a stitching-together of disparate and flawed evidence sources in a way that uses the strengths of one to overlap and fix the weaknesses of the other, creating a coherent and devastating story that is as well-told as any crime drama. It is truly virtuoso work.
Much of the original audio and video material was without an accurate timestamp, and it became apparent that attempts by the Greek police investigators to address this problem were insufficient. As a result, our researchers had to assess the material from scratch, and deduce the correct time and location of each piece of footage.
Audio recordings were assembled into a timed sequence through a process of sound analysis. CCTV footage from various locations around the scene was synchronised and given an accurate timestamp by reference to the sequence of audio recordings.
Just in time for the upcoming Rundgang, here’s the automatic video looper updated to work on the new Raspberry 3 Model B+.
All welcome to our 5th Cryptoparty!
workshop contents: https://t1p.de/crypto
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 https://t.co/swVgUoas0n
— Metahaven (@mthvn) December 8, 2017
I’m just going to let this sit there and wait for your comments.
Witnesses saw this man pull over and rescue a rabbit from the LA wildfires. pic.twitter.com/v9EYpcmK9M
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 7, 2017
Here’s the video archived in case of depublication
Update: the recording is online
30 minute slots, presenting work-in-progress in small hotel rooms
Guest critic: Reut Shemesh
TUESDAY 5th December 2017 from 16.30 to 20.30 h
WEDNESDAY 6th December 2017 from 09.45 to 12.00 h
room numbers will be posted to Megaphon as soon as we have checked in on Tuesday
— everyone welcome to practise with us — just turn up on time to join the review —
poster by Nikolai
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMM7p2blVXs
- Adam Curtis – HyperNormalisation, video essay, 2016, freely available online i.e. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InbLmw_x6jQ
- Bruce Nauman, Walker Art Center, catalogue, 1994
- Bruce Naumann, Audio-video underground chamber, catalogue, 2005
- Christoph Keller, Observatorium, catalogue, Braunschweig 2008
- Mareike Wegener, Mark Lombardi, documentary about the artist, on DVD, 2011
- Orson Welles, F for Fake, film essay, on DVD, 1975
- Errol Morris, The Unknown Known, documentary, on DVD, 2013 (available online, too, i.e. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Unknown+Known )
- Bruce Sterling , Distraction, novel, 1998
- Bruce Sterling, Zeitgeist, novel, 2001
- Bertold Brecht, On Restoring the Truth, 1934, October 160, Spring 2017 – available online http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/OCTO_a_00297
- Bertold Brecht, Über die Wiederherstellung der Wahrheit, 1934, aus: Gesammelte Werke in acht Bänden, Suhrkamp, 1967
- Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook his Wife For a Hat, 1970, (chapter “The President’s Speech”, on aphasia) – online i.e. here
- Oliver Sacks, Der Mann, der seine Frau mit einem Hut verwechselte, Hamburg 1993
- Francesca Hughes, Truth Is in the Tower, e-flux Journal #84 – September 2017 http://www.e-flux.com/journal/84/149170/truth-is-in-the-tower/
- For a popular imagination, Hollywood take on this, (re-)watch Blade Runner, Fight Club, The Truman Show. Plus Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for a very contemporary mix of real and fake.
For a quick intro check out these trailers for two of the videos listed above:
There are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
There are known unknowns; the things we know we don’t know.
There are also the third category of unknown unknows; the things we dont know we don’t know. And you can only know more about those things by imagining what they might be.
Pearl Harbor was a failure of imagination. We didn’t know we didn’t know they could do what they did in the way they did it.
The Unknown Known, documentary by Errol Morris about master liar Donald Rumsfeld, 2013
You go into an office and sit at your desk. But maybe it is a fake job. Your real job is shopping. The true factories of our times are the shopping malls. That is where the real hard work is done.
A typical Adam Curtis, good intro to how he works.
Living in an Unreal World, trailer for HyperNormalisation