Seeing in the Dark

Here Be Dragons: the Unstable Landscapes of GPS by Will Gowland (2011)

Seeing in the Dark
Lenses for a Post-PRISM Landscape

A talk for the Meaning Conference
Brighton, 8 November 2013

Credits and References

Sincere thanks to: Julian Oliver, James Bridle, Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall, José Luis de Vicente, and all the other artists, scientists and technologists cited.


Title Slide: Screenshot of Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen (2011) (see below)

Artworks/projects referenced in Introduction:
Mesopotamian Dramatugies (Su & Mayhem) by Kutlug Ataman (2011), exhibited at Brighton Festival 2011:

– Happenstance (2012) – residencies for creative technologists:

levelHead by Julian Oliver (2008) shown at Suspending Disbelief, Lighthouse, 2010:
Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: – Laboratory Life (2011):
Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, as seen at Invisible Fields (2011):
– Particle Decelerator:
– Luke Jerram, Improving Reality 2012, Brighton Digital Festival 2012:
Laboratory Life produced at Lighthouse, 2011:
Here Be Dragons: the Unstable Landscapes of GPS by Will Gowland (2011):
– C-Astral UAV, courtesy of Marko Peljhan
N5177C at Gold Coast Terminal Las Vegas, NV; Distance ~ 1 mile (2007) by Trevor Paglen, as seen in Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen:
data.tron [8K enhanced version] by Ryoji Ikeda (2008-09):

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 1:

– The Boston Shuffler- stock-trading algorithm, courtesy of Kevin Slavin:
– Cloud computing survey commissioned by Citrix, August 2012:
– The proposed Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, New Mexico:
Men in Grey by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev: &
Newstweek by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev:
– Critical Engineering Manifesto:
– Julian Oliver quoted in in Rhizome, September 2012:

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 2:

Invisible Fields (2011), co-curated by José Luis de Vicente and Honor Harger and at Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona:
20Hz by Semiconductor (2011):
Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones, Lighthouse, 2013:
Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Jørn Knutsen (2011):
– Timo Arnall quoted in No to NoUI by Timo Arnall, March 2013:
Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen, co-curated by Honor Harger and Celia Davies, at Lighthouse:
Paglen works shown:
They Watch the Moon (2010)
– Artifacts (Spacecraft in Perpetual Geosynchronous Orbit, 35,786 km Above Equator) (2010)
KEYHOLE 12-3 (IMPROVED CRYSTAL) Optical Reconnaissance Satellite Near
Scorpio (USA 129) (2007)
PAN (Unknown; USA-207) (2010)
KEYHOLE IMPROVED CRYSTAL from Glacier Point (Optical Reconnaissance
Satellite; USA 1860) (2008)
After Galileo (Jupiter and Moons)
– Trevor Paglen quoted in “Secret Moons and Black Worlds”, An Interview with Trevor Paglen by Timothy Moore, Volume #25:
– Trevor Paglen quoted in, “Limit Telephotography”, Under Fire research forum, 2006:

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 3:

– William Gibson quoted in Spooky Country (2007):
Drone images:
– Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk:
– A drone pilot at the base at Hancock Field. Image: Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times:
– Untitled (Predators; Indian Springs, NV) by Trevor Paglen (2010)
– Cameras and imaging devices aboard drone aircraft. Image:
Dronestagram (2012-12) by James Bridle:
– Drone Shadow (2012) by James Bridle:
Under the Shadow of the Drone (2013) by James Bridle:
– James Bridle quoted in Drone Shadows, 2012:
– James Bridle quoted in Ring of Steel, 2013:

Artworks/projects referenced in conclusion:

The Transparency Grenade by Julian Oliver:
– Sergei Brin wearing Google Glass, as seen in The Guardian (2013):
– Artist Steve Mann wearing his specially created AR headset, as seen in Onliny Augmented:
Environmental Health Clinic by Natalie Jeremijenko:
City CPU by Gordan Savi?i? (2011):
New Mumbai by Tobias Revell (2012):
The Lightning Field (1977) by Walter De Maria


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