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Surveillance 102: The Golden Age

Summer Term 2019: Surveillance 102: The Golden Age Building on the subject matter covered in Surveillance 101, we take Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript on the Societies of Control” as a starting point to address contemporary modes of surveillance: algorithmic, fluid, social, multifocal, networked. We’ll look at the different forms that systematic observation takes today and how […]

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 […]

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. […]

Summer Term 2017: The Body and the Network

The Body and the Network A discussion and production seminar, geared to critically engage contemporary surveillance and control measures in artistic practice. The focus is on the development of new methodologies, identities, and narratives, especially those that cross diverse media in a performative way. Building on the winter term’s „Systematic Observation and Recall“ the seminar […]

Readings for the Winter Term 2016/17: Systematic Observation and Recall

Required reading for the Winter Term 2016/17 Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, especially the “Docile Bodies” chapter. English translation freely available online: http://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=de&q=Michel Foucault Discipline and Punish filetype:pdf (The German translation: Überwachen und Strafen is in the Semesterapparat, and there is a second copy in the library that you can take home: PHI I.1.2 – […]

Seminar notes from today: Making Contact: Intimacy & Technology

from using technology to find intimacy with one another, to intimacy with technology – SAG 27 Apr 2016 1. Promises of Artificial Intelligence Good introduction to AI concepts: Plug and Pray – Von Computern und anderen Menschen – Dokumentarfilm von Jens Schanze 2009 http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug_%26_Pray “My main objection was that when the program says ‘I understand’, […]

Seminar notes from today: Data Double Love

for those that missed today’s seminar, here are my notes and some links 1. dating sites as an example of a corporation that needs to intimately get to know you. They ask questions to get a (good enough) image of who you are, so they can recommend the right match. Try it, just sign up […]

Research paper: Mass Surveillance Silences Minority Opinions

Under Surveillance: Examining Facebook’s Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring Research paper by Elizabeth Stoycheff Abstract: Since Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency’s use of controversial online surveillance programs in 2013, there has been widespread speculation about the potentially deleterious effects of online government monitoring. This study explores how […]

Big Other: The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff on how we became Google’s slaves. A must-read. Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization Update: Joscha sent in a better link: The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism German translation: Überwachungskapitalismus Nearly 70 years ago historian Karl Polanyi observed that the market economies of the 19th and 20th centuries depended […]