22 / Surveillance
Summer 14


Welcome to our Surveillance issue. This issue examines the presence of surveillance around us—from the way we are being monitored in the physical and virtual world, to the potential of using the data we generate to redefine our relationship to the built environment.

Organized as a sequence of our relationship with data, the contributions address monitoring, collecting, archiving, and using the traces that we leave, followed by camouflaging and deleting the traces that we leave. By exploring different meanings of surveillance, this issue seeks to generate a constructive conversation about the history, policies, tools, and applications of the information that we generate and how those aspects are manifested in our daily lives.

Contributions by Ambient Information Systems, Roy R. Behrens, The Central Intelligence Agency, Christo de Klerk, Iker Gil, George Gingell, Allison Greenwald, Dan Hill, Luzinterruptus, Simon Menner, Ruben Pater, Bernhard Reuss, Isaac Rooks, Jens Sundheim, John Tolva, and Henrietta Williams.

Articles designed by Kyle Fletcher, Alex Fuller, Alex Gilbert, Kyle Green, Jinhwan Kim, Baozhen Li, Jennifer Mahanay, Mike McQuade, Jason Pickleman, Bud Rodecker, Rick Valicenti, and Magdalena Wistuba. Cover photography by Ross Floyd.

  1. Introduction
    Urban Prisons. Issue statement by Iker Gil,editor in chief of MAS Context.
  2. Surveillance in the News
    A selection of quotes from the news.
  3. The Street as Platform
    Essay by Dan Hill.
  4. Networked Urbanism: Using Technology to Improve our Cities
    Iker Gil interviews John Tolva, president of PositivEnergy Practice.
  5. Ring of Steel
    Project by photographer Henrietta Williams and mapmaker George Gingell.
  6. Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers
    Manifesto by Ambient Information Systems.
  7. The Traveller
    Project by Jens Sundheim and Bernhard Reuss.
  8. Politicians Under Surveillance
    Project by Luzinterruptus.
  9. Intelligence Artifacts
    A selection of objects from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Museum.
  10. Drone Survival Guide
    Essay and graphics by Ruben Pater.
  11. Let’s See Some Tits: Norway’s Distinctly Different Web Wildlife Program
    Essay by Isaac Rooks.
  12. Surveillance Songs
    The Police, Rockwell, and St Vincent.
  13. What Does Big Brother See, While He is Watching? A Look at the Secret Stasi Archives
    Iker Gil interviews photographer Simon Menner.
  14. Abbott H. Thayer’s Vanishing Ducks: Surveillance, Art, and Camouflage
    Essay by Roy R. Behrens.
  15. H(id)den
    Project by Allison Greenwald.
  16. Materiality of Deletion
    Essay by Christo de Klerk.
  17. Surveillance by Designers
    Work by Kyle Fletcher, Alex Fuller, Baozhen Li, Mike McQuade, and Rick Valicenti.