Forwarded from: Honor Harger <honor.hargerat_private> I'd like to invite you to come to Tate Modern in London this Saturday for a special event looking at the development of debates in surveillance technologies post-September 11. The investigative journalist, Duncan Campbell will be presenting. Please come and join us and participate in the discussion. We would certainly be grateful if you would please forward the invitation on you anyone you think might be interested. Very best wishes Honor Harger Webcasting Curator, Interpretation & Education Tate Modern honor.hargerat_private http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/programmes/webcasting/ PH: (44) 020 7401 5066 SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL Saturday 9 March 1400 - 1830 [ GMT ] Starr Auditorium, Level 2, Tate Modern, London, UK Tickets: UKú10 / ú5. Ph: 020 7887 8888 http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/programmes/webcasting/surveillance.htm ABOUT THE EVENT Surveillance and Control is a half day conference which will consider widespread uses of electronic surveillance.It aims to analyse how recent social and political developments have impacted on discourses around surveillance, and to address how various surveillance technologies have influenced new media art practice. We are confronted by the troubling and expanding presence of surveillance in our daily life. Monitoring devices are used ever more to observe physical space, while electronic space has been proven to be likewise vulnerable to scrutiny, due to the operation of global data interception systems.The increasing ubiquity of surveillance has radically transformed the relation between public and private spheres, as well as the very nature of political and technological control. Surveillance has been a rich source of interest for artists for many years, and in recent times monitoring and tracking technologies have formed a major part of the arsenal of the contemporary artist.Exhibitions such as CTRL[SPACE] at the ZKM in Germany, reveal a growing interest in artistic surveillance tactics, drawing attention to new interpretations of the 18th Century concept of the panopticon as an ideal mechanism of observation and control. Our concept of a continually observed society has moved on since Michel Foucault seized on the panopticon as a metaphor for the oppressive use of information in modern society.Though Foucault's observation that control no longer requires physical domination over the body, but can be enacted through the constant possibility of observation, still holds true, the methods used to monitor individuals in space have changed considerably. Surveillance and Control will not only refer to the uses of conventional monitoring and tracking technologies, but also the operation of 'dataveillance' - the largely invisible practice of tracking and intercepting electronic data. The events of September 11 and their continuous re-enactment as media spectacle, have created a new psychological environment in which these issues can be considered. Since this time, new surveillance and communication interception powers for law enforcement agencies and intelligence authorities have been proposed and enacted in many countries. The war on terror has lead to what Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbles once described as, the 'optimum anxiety level' which is needed to mobilise a larger audience for a certain common cause - in this case the rehabilitation of the authoritarian state and the expansion of the military and policing.In this context, it becomes more problematic to speak about privacy and threats to freedom of information.Surveillance and Control will ask if there is a possibility to counter this meticulously maintained public anxiety, and re-engage a more balanced dialogue about the limits of freedom versus the limits of systems of surveillance and control. This half day conference features artists Marko Peljhan (Slovenia), Kate Rich (Australia / UK) and Julia Scher (USA), investigative journalist, Duncan Campbell (UK), media theorist, Eric Kluitenberg (Netherlands), and Konrad Becker from Public Netbase (Austria).The event will also feature an info-booth by World-Information.org. PROGRAMME 14:00 - 14:05 - Welcome and introduction Honor Harger: Webcasting Curator, Tate Modern 14:05 - 14:10 - Chair's Introduction Eric Kluitenberg: media theorist, the Netherlands 14:10 - 14:45 - Duncan Campbell Duncan Campbell's presentation will outline the scale and functioning of global electronic surveillance systems.In a slide lecture, he will show the real world visual iconography of surveillance, giving a graphic picture of the way in which surveillance is deployed.He will also address how the politics of privacy have undergone a major shift, since September 11.In a psychological environment where it has become difficult to argue for the protection of the personal sphere, intellectual and philosophical debate about the use of surveillance and the role of privacy, is in decline.Campbell will address the impact of the paucity of rigorous discourse and analysis of this area. 14:45 - 15:20 - Kate Rich Kate Rich is part of the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT), an information agency which develops data, tracking and visualisation devices for critical deployment.BIT's projects often comment on the use of monitoring and data-tracking systems employed by large corporations and bureaucracies. Rich's presentation will outline projects such as Suicide Box, a vertical motion video recorder mounted below the Golden Gate bridge, and BIT Plane a miniature spy plane deployed over the aerial space of Silicon Valley.Rich will also refer to recent projects such as BANGBANG, a network of webcams which automatically sense gunfire or related explosions, and BIT Radio, an event-activated FM radio transmitter which can interrupt normal broadcast services with important information. 15:20 - 16:00 - Panel discussion, with audience intervention With Kate Rich and Duncan Campbell Chair: Eric Kluitenberg 16:00 - 16:30 - Break Tea and coffee 16:30 - 17:05 - Julia Scher Julia Scher's work attempts to unmask and deconstruct surveillance technology. She employs standard surveillance tools in site-specific installations and online projects, which expose the mechanisms of technological domination and examine our complicity with them.Her presentation will refer to works such as Security Sites Visit, where visitors were lead on tours of company's security systems, and Predictive Engineering, a web project which analyses the ubiquity of surveillance and the manner in which power is asserted in the spaces we inhabit.Scher will also speculate on the changing face of surveillance, considering invisible forms of scrutiny and the role of privacy. 17:05 - 17:40 - Marko Peljhan Marko Peljhan's projects put the tools of control in the hands of the scrutinised. Utilising the techniques and technology of military and corporate surveillance, Peljhan constructs pragmatic and utilitarian mechanisms, which enable the gaze to be turned back on the observers themselves. In this presentation, Peljhan will refer to projects such as Insular Technologies, which aims to establish an independent high frequency radio communication network, and Makrolab, an autonomous communications, research and living unit.His presentation will also address the technologies of remote sensing, and signals intelligence, referring to the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for surveillance purposes. 17:40 - 18:30 - Panel discussion, with audience intervention With Julia Scher, Marko Peljhan and Konrad Becker. Chair: Eric Kluitenberg ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS - Julia Scher, USA Julia Scher is an artist, who's work focuses on the subjects surveillance and cyber-sphere. Aiming at the exposure of dangers and ideologies of monitoring systems, Scher creates temporary and transitory web/installation/performance works that explore issues of power, control and seduction. Scher is a founding member of The Thing, a net.community based in New York.She has lectured at Harvard University, Princeton University and Rutgers University, and is presently engaged with the department of architecture at MIT in Boston, USA. Online data: http://architecture.mit.edu/people/bg/cvscher.html - Marko Peljhan, Slovenia Marko Peljhan is a media artist and founder of the organisation, Projekt Atol, which runs Makrolab, an autonomous communications, research and living unit, and many other projects.Makrolab has been shown at documentaX in Kassel in 1997, on Rottnest Island-Wadjemup, Australia in 2000, and will be installed at Blair Atholl estate in the Scotish Highlands in the summer of 2002 and presented at the Tramway in Glasgow in August . Online data: http://makrolab.ljudmila.org/ - Kate Rich, UK / Australia Kate Rich is a video engineer for Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT). BIT develops data, tracking and visualisation devices for critical deployment. Projects she has worked on with BIT include, the SUICIDE BOX, the BIT PLANE, and the BANGBANG camera network. Online data: http://bureauit.org - Duncan Campbell, UK Scottish born Duncan Campbell is an investigative journalist, author, consultant and television producer specialising in privacy, civil liberties and secrecy issues. His best-known investigations have led to major legal clashes with successive British governments. In 1988, he revealed the existence of the ECHELON project, which has since 1997 become controversial throughout the world and especially in Europe. Online data: http://www.gn.apc.org/duncan - Eric Kluitenberg, Netherlands Eric Kluitenberg is a writer, theorist and organiser of culture and technology events. He lives in Amsterdam and currently works for De Balie, Centre for Culture and Politics, where in 2001 he organised The Society of Control - a event showcasing artists' use of electronic observation technologies. Online data: De Balie: http://www.balie.nl - Konrad Becker, Austria Konrad Becker is the director of Public Netbase, an organisation based in Vienna, Austria, that explores the relationship between culture and technology, art and society, science and politics.One of their key projects over the past two years has been World-information.org, a "cultural intelligence agency", which maps out the cultural, social, economic and technological aspects of a global information society.The next series of World-information.org events will take place in Amsterdam at the end of 2002. A mini World-Information.org info-booth will be on display in the lobby area, outside the Starr Auditorium during Surveillance and Control. Online data: De Balie: http://world-information.org GETTING TICKETS There are still tickets available to attend the event. Tickets cost UKú10 (or UKú5 for concessions). Tickets can be obtained from: Tate Ticketing: Ph: 020 7887 8888 (choose option 1, then option 2 in the automated menu) Email: tate.ticketingat_private ABOUT THE WEBCAST This event will be presented live on the Tate website, as part of Tate's Webcasting Programme. You can experience the event live online in audio and video using the Real Player. To find out more, visit: <http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/programmes/webcasting>. If you haven't experienced Tate Modern's webcasts before, please visit our technical help page: <http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/programmes/help.htm>. The international times of the webcast are: 9 March 1400 - 1830 [ GMT ] 1500 - 1930 [ Central European Time ] 0900 - 1330 [ US Eastern Standard Time ] 1930 - 0000 [ Indian / Calcutta Time ] 10 March 0100 - 0530 [ Australian Eastern Summer Time ] 0300 - 0730 [ New Zealand Summer Time ] If your timezone doesn't appear here, visit: <http://www.timezoneconverter.com> MORE INFORMATION For more on this event, see: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/programmes/webcasting/surveillance.htm or contact: Honor Harger, Webcasting Curator, Interpretation & Education, Tate Modern Email: honor.hargerat_private PH: (44) 020 7401 5066 For more information about Tate or getting tickets for the event: Tate Box Office Email: tate.ticketingat_private PH: (44) 020 7887 8888 URL: http://www.tate.org.uk - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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