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.
Issue statement by Iker Gil, editor in chief of MAS Context
Surveillance in the News
A selection of quotes on surveillance from the news
The Street as Platform
Essay by Dan Hill, Executive Director of Futures at the UK’s Future Cities Catapult
Networked Urbanism Using Technology to Improve our Cities
Iker Gil interviews John Tolva, president of PositivEnergy Practice
Ring of Steel
Project by photographer Henrietta Williams and mapmaker George Gingell
Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers
THE FILMMAKER AS SYMBIONT: opportunistic infections of the surveillance apparatus
Project by Jens Sundheim and Bernhard Reuss
Politicians Under Surveillance
Project by Luzinterruptus. Photographs by Gustavo Sanabria
Intelligence Artifacts A selection of objects from the CIA’s Museum
Drone Survival Guide
Essay and graphics by Ruben Pater
Let’s See Some Tits Norway’s Distinctly Different Web Wildlife Program
Essay by Isaac Rooks
Surveillance songs by The Police, Rockwell, and St Vincent.
What Does Big Brother See, While He is Watching? A Look at the Secret Stasi Archives
Iker Gil interviews Simon Menner
Abbott H. Thayer’s Vanishing Ducks Surveillance, Art, and Camouflage
Essay by Roy R. Behrens
Project by Allison Greenwald
Materiality of Deletion
Essay by Christo de Klerk
Surveillance by Designers
Kyle Fletcher, Alex Fuller, Baozhen Li, Mike McQuade, Jason Pickleman, Rick Valicenti