Lenses for a Post-PRISM Landscape

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 Post Museum Pop Up at the CCA, Singapore

27 August 2014


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: http://is.gd/kutlugataman

– Happenstance (2012) – residencies for creative technologists: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/happenstance-residencies-for-technologists

levelHead by Julian Oliver (2008) shown at Suspending Disbelief, Lighthouse, 2010: http://www.lighthouse.co.uk/programme/suspending-disbelief
Evolution of Fearlessness by Lynette Wallworth shown at Brighton Festival 2011: http://is.gd/lynettewallworth – Laboratory Life (2011): http://is.gd/laboratory_life
Frequency & Volume by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, as seen at Invisible Fields (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
– Particle Decelerator: http://decelerator.blogspot.co.uk/
– Luke Jerram, Improving Reality 2012, Brighton Digital Festival 2012: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/improving-reality-2012
Laboratory Life produced at Lighthouse, 2011: http://is.gd/laboratory_life
Here Be Dragons: the Unstable Landscapes of GPS by Will Gowland (2011): http://vimeo.com/44446581
– 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: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
data.tron [8K enhanced version] by Ryoji Ikeda (2008-09): http://www.ryojiikeda.com/project/datamatics/#datatron_8k_enhanced_version

– Edward Snowden quotes: http://is.gd/snowdenquotes

– Nicky Hagar quotes: http://cryptome.org/jya/echelon.htm

– Five Eyes article: http://is.gd/fiveeyes

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 1:

– The Boston Shuffler- stock-trading algorithm, courtesy of Kevin Slavin: http://videos.liftconference.com/video/1177435/
– Cloud computing survey commissioned by Citrix, August 2012: http://www.citrix.com/lang/English/lp/lp_2328330.asp
– The proposed Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, New Mexico: http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/articles/worlds-first-city-robots
Men in Grey by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev: http://julianoliver.com/output/category/projects & http://meningrey.net/
Newstweek by Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev: http://julianoliver.com/output/newstweek
– Critical Engineering Manifesto: http://criticalengineering.org/
– Julian Oliver quoted in in Rhizome, September 2012: http://is.gd/juliansaid

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: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/invisible-fields
20Hz by Semiconductor (2011): http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/semiconductor-20-hz
Immaterials by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, Jørn Knutsen, Jack Schulze and Matt Jones, Lighthouse, 2013: http://is.gd/immaterials
Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi by Timo Arnall, Einar Sneve Martinussen, and Jørn Knutsen (2011): http://vimeo.com/20412632
– Timo Arnall quoted in No to NoUI by Timo Arnall, March 2013: http://www.elasticspace.com/2013/03/no-to-no-ui
Geographies of Seeing (2012) by Trevor Paglen, co-curated by Honor Harger and Celia Davies, at Lighthouse: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/trevor-paglen-geographies-of-seeing
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: http://roryhyde.com/blog/?p=697
– Trevor Paglen quoted in, “Limit Telephotography”, Under Fire research forum, 2006: http://underfire.eyebeam.org/?q=node/469

Artworks/projects referenced in Part 3:

– William Gibson quoted in Spooky Country (2007): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spook_Country
Drone images:
– Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk: http://is.gd/globalhawk
– A drone pilot at the base at Hancock Field. Image: Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times: http://is.gd/droneoperator
– Untitled (Predators; Indian Springs, NV) by Trevor Paglen (2010)
– Cameras and imaging devices aboard drone aircraft. Image: http://is.gd/dronecamera
Dronestagram (2012-12) by James Bridle: http://dronestagram.tumblr.com/
– Drone Shadow (2012) by James Bridle: http://shorttermmemoryloss.com/portfolio/project/drone-shadows/
Under the Shadow of the Drone (2013) by James Bridle: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/programme/james-bridle-under-the-shadow-of-the-drone
– James Bridle quoted in Drone Shadows, 2012: http://booktwo.org/notebook/drone-shadows/
– James Bridle quoted in Ring of Steel, 2013: https://www.readmatter.com/a/ring-of-steel/

Artworks/projects referenced in conclusion:

The Transparency Grenade by Julian Oliver: http://julianoliver.com/output/transparency-grenade
– Sergei Brin wearing Google Glass, as seen in The Guardian (2013): http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/mar/06/google-glass-threat-to-our-privacy
– Artist Steve Mann wearing his specially created AR headset, as seen in Onliny Augmented: http://www.onlyaugmented.com/meeting-professor-steve-mann/
Environmental Health Clinic by Natalie Jeremijenko:
City CPU by Gordan Savi?i? (2011): http://www.yugo.at/processing/index.php?what=citycpu
New Mumbai by Tobias Revell (2012): http://www.tobiasrevell.com/New-Mumbai
The Lightning Field (1977) by Walter De Maria


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