Notes from 12/11/2015

Little Brothers are watching you

Little Brother (Doctorow)

We jump back in time from data control and network surveillance (previous classes) back to camera surveillance

The All-seeing eye, devine perspective


Benthem (18th century sociollogist)
centrally controlled prison space, can be overseen from one point

Ducpetiaux is the first general inspector of the new state of Belgium in 1830. Introducing the panoptic prison model in Belgium (Forest / Saint Gilles) And also remodels areas in the city where transparancy and patronage can be executed.
(garden cities, cité jardins: La Roue, Scheut (Anderlecht) )

“En matière pénitentiaire, Ducpétiaux pensait que la prison devait régénérer les détenus, régénération passant par l’expiation, l’amendement, l’organisation du travail, l’éducation, l’enseignement religieux élémentaire et l’enseignement industriel et enfin l’isolement continuel des prisonniers2. En complément de l’action des prisons, il voyait dans le patronage des prisonniers libérés un moyen de réinsertion sociale.”

From this point of view controlling citizens is a logic step.

** David Brin:
The chief thing accomplished by Privacy Laws is to make the (spy) bugs smaller: “A law guaranteeing privacy simply insures that bugs — microphones and lenses and so forth — are that much harder to spot.”

control the controller
surveill the surveiller
→ sousveillance /

Option 1: a perfect Orwellian hegemony, empowered by universal elite omniscience…

Option 2: a wide open citizen-driven society, empowered by sousveillance and universal omniscience.

Artists using surveillance camera’s

Surveillance Camera Players

Ambient TV,

Manifesto for CCTV filmmakers

Faceless by Manu Luksch

Essay over surveillance camera cinema:

Trail of images
Surveillance chess:

Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley
Street with a view

Stare / Ballades sous surveillance video
Peter Westenberg, Denis Devos, Julien Pierret, Franck Dumortier

lieu ouvert
lieu fermé accessible au public
lieu fermé

Sousveillance project