An Artist Stares Back at the Surveillance State

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Here is a nice little interview with Trevor Paglen talking broadly about his work, new ways of seeing, image making and machine vision.

"Multimedia artist Trevor Paglen is mapping out the new landscape of digital communications and surveillance. In this wide-ranging interview the photographer, sculptor, geographer and writer talks about how he is learning to see the historical moment we live in. Video: Gabe Johnson; Photo: Trevor Paglen" [source]

davos 2016: privacy and secrecy

Sorry for the delay on these post. Just cleaning out my drafts folder.

Commonality = priveldge information = value which we trade .

Sharing of nuggets of information . goverenments engage in surveillance and espionage

Should government be allowed to read someones emails?

NO (sort of) / Yes (with a caveat) / YES (sometime) / Yes (with a caveat) / NO

Best answer... YES (caveat)... if he/she (sic) can read the govenments emails.

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timeline of 2oth c. art and new media

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Rama Hoetzlein is an interactive media artist and computer scientist working in the areas of knowledge engineering and behavioral systems. I seek to develop the theoretical foundations of new media arts, and to explore the design, limitations, and capabilities of intelligent systems. My goal is to enable convergence between these dynamic digital systems and the processes of physical making, building and interaction. [source:]



Tailleur-de-pierre_main [image] photo credit: Charles Nègre, La tailleur de pierre, salt print from a collodion on glass negative, summer 1853 courtesy of Hans P. Kraus, Jr. | New York. Retrieved from

A fascinating conversation on Radio NZ between Noelle McCarthy and Professor Bruce Sheridan around creativity, generating ideas, improvisation, education, failure and a lot more... the ideas around 'STEM' (science, technology, engineering and maths) vs STEAM (add art to the mix) was a great analogy. A 'stem' rooted to the ground as opposed to 'steam' which has the ability to be everywhere ... read more here ... and listen to interview on Radio New Zealand here

Bruce Sheridan: psychology of creativity

Bruce Sheridan is the Chair of Cinema Art + Science at Columbia College, Chicago, and North American regional Chair of CILECT, the world organisation of film and media schools. He has returned to New Zealand as the fourth Creative Fellow for the University of Auckland’s Creative Thinking Project, to deliver a series of public lectures drawing on recent research into creativity and discussing evidence from neuroscience and cognitive psychology to make the case for reintegrating art and science in education. RNZ