SURVEILLANCE CULTURE: PRIVACY, PUBLICITY, ART, TECHNOLOGY
According the American Civil Liberties Union, the US government is “regularly tracking all of the calls of almost every ordinary American and spying on a vast but unknown number of Americans' international calls, text messages, and emails.” Surveillance systems in municipalities, such as the Domain Awareness System (a joint-venture between Microsoft and the NYPD), ARGUS, private CCTV systems and drones, and other emerging technologies, and social networks like Facebook and Twitter (which encourage individuals to make public – and monitored by the NSA and FBI - what previously was private) all contribute to an emerging surveillance culture.
This seminar will examine how artists are responding by using surveillance technologies to look over “big brother’s” shoulder and to create greater awareness of privacy issues. Artists to be considered include James Coupe, Hasan Elahi, Jill Magid, Steve Mann, Trevor Paglen, Nam June Paik, David Rokeby, Julia Scher, Marie Sester, Steina Vasulka, the Surveillance Camera Players, and Michelle Tehran. We will also examine changing definitions and attitudes towards privacy/publicity, cryptography, cyperpunk ideology, and related ethic considerations. Readings may include classic texts by Foucault and Deleuze, the ZKM
exhibition catalog CTRL [SPACE], as well
as more recent scholarship in the journal Surveillance
and Society, the Routledge Handbook
of Surveillance Studies, and Daniel Trottier’s Social Media and
Participants will take responsibility for leading seminar discussion. Each week, small teams will collaborate to present and lead discussion on various assigned readings.
4.04 Course Intro. Definitions. Survey of artistic investigations of privacy/surveillance
4.11 Privacy and Surveillance: Why? Why Not?
Readings: Solove, “Why Privacy Matters…” Necessary and Proportionate, “International Principles…”, Rule, “’Needs’ for Surveillance Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies (HSS); McGrath, “Performing Surveillance (HSS); Doctorow, Homeland ch 1-4.
4.18 Panopticism, Control Societies, Protocol
Readings: Foucault, “Panopticism”; Deleuze, “Postscript on the Societies of Control”, Galloway and Thacker, “Protocol, Control, Networks”; Doctorow, ch 5-8.
4.25 James Coupe – guest speaker on SANCTUM (Henry Art Gallery installation)
Schneier (link to essays on Surveillance and Privacy). Read: “Metadata” and “Don’t Listen…”; Doctorow ch 9-12. Also read linked/attached short articles in Prof Coupe's email (Cortazer, Blow Up; Walsh, Networks; Durrenmatt, ch 5 from The Assignment. Visit SANCTUM on the Henry Art Gallery facade and come prepared with questions for our guest.
5.02 *** Final project proposals and presentations ***
5.09 Adam Moore, guest speaker on privacy and ethics.
- Read Moore, Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance: Wikileaks and the New Accountabilty
- Read up on the impact of Snowden's revelations about NSA on government accountability, eg. links in Scrible tagged Snowden, whistleblowing, NSA, and your own research on the topic.
5.16 Art/Surveillance/Privacy Readings: Focus on Steve Mann and Julian Oliver. Mann et al, “Souveillance…”, “AR Explorer … Assaulted at McDonalds”; Oliver and Vasiliev, “PRISM: Beacon Frame”. Videos: Mann Surveillance vs. Souveillance and Eye-Tap; Julian Oliver - Project video documentation. Also I recommend Oliver's lecture on Critical Engineering.
5.23 Andy Deck, guest speaker on art and surveillance www.artcontext.org
Read Murakami Wood, The Right to Watch"; NY Times article on facial recognition, "Never Forgetting a Face"
5.30 Tamara Bonaci, guest speaker on brain hacking and surveillance
Read: 1) "Hackers Backdoor the Human Brain", 2) "Scan a Brain, Read a Mind", 3) Charles Stroth (fiction), "Elector" (part 1)'
Watch: "[UW Neuro-]Scientists Say They Need Philosophers" (3:39 min. video on ethics, neuroscience, mind-reading)
6.06 *** Final presentations and final projects due **
- Presentations: regular in-class presentations that join the readings with artistic examples.
- Mid-term (due May 2):
Final (due June 6):
- written proposal for a collaborative interdisciplinary paper or project, 2-3pp plus annotated bibliography
- 5-10 min presentation in class
- 10-15 min presentation. Polished, professional presentation with appropriate slides, images, and multimedia as needed.You will be graded both on the content of your presentation as well as on the form and style with which you present it.
- 3000 word (or equivalent per person) final paper or project, plus bibliography. Practice-based projects must be accompanied by a written theoretical description (>/=600 words per person). Bring hardcopy to class and email me e-text.
All texts should be properly cited in MLA style, using in-line citations, eg. (Shanken, 305) with a list of works cited at the end of the document. In addition to the list of works cited, you should also include a more complete bibliography of sources that informed your research, even if they were not cited in your text. See: http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla#mla
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
- Attend all classes. If you have to miss class due to emergency, illness or due to an established religious holiday, then you must notify the instructor directly and in advance. You will be expected to make up any missed sessions.
- Come to class on time, ready to start promptly.
- Complete homework prior to coming to class.
- Lead seminar discussions and participate in dialog and debate.
- Complete all assigned presentations.
- Complete a final presentation on scheduled date and time.
Grading of all assignments will be based upon the quality of concept, experimentation, work ethic and realization.
The overall class grade will be approximately broken down as follows:
No smoking, eating or drinking in the laboratory, classroom or building.
Back up your data. No excuses for losing papers, web documents, images, etc. Keep at least three copies of everything: one on your hard drive, one on a CD, and one somewhere else just in case.
If you have a disability that you think may impact your participation in this class, please contact Disabled Student Services. Every effort will be made to accommodate your needs.