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[] Surveillance and Control: Webcast mit Duncan Campbell und anderen am Samstag,

Die Veranstaltung in London mit dem bekannten Echelon-Investigator und
Überwachungsexperten sowie einigen Netzkünstlern und -theoretikern wird
live im Netz übertragen am Samstag von 15 - 19:30 Uhr MEZ unter

from: Honor Harger <honor -
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I'd like to invite you to come to Tate Modern in London this Saturday
for a special event looking at the development of debates in
surveillance technologies post-September 11.  The investigative
journalist, Duncan Campbell will be presenting.

Please come and join us and participate in the discussion. We would
certainly be grateful if you would please forward the invitation on
you anyone you think might be interested.

Very best wishes

Honor Harger
Webcasting Curator, Interpretation & Education
Tate Modern
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PH: (44) 020 7401 5066


Saturday 9 March
1400 - 1830 [ GMT ]

Starr Auditorium, Level 2, Tate Modern, London, UK

Tickets: UK£10 / £5.
Ph: 020 7887 8888


Surveillance and Control is a half day conference which will consider
widespread uses of electronic surveillance.It aims to analyse how
recent social and political developments have impacted on discourses
around surveillance, and to address how various surveillance
technologies have influenced new media art practice.

We are confronted by the troubling and expanding presence of
surveillance in our daily life. Monitoring devices are used ever more
to observe physical space, while electronic space has been proven to
be likewise vulnerable to scrutiny, due to the operation of global
data interception systems.The increasing ubiquity of surveillance has
radically transformed the relation between public and private spheres,
as well as the very nature of political and technological control.

Surveillance has been a rich source of interest for artists for many
years, and in recent times monitoring and tracking technologies have
formed a major part of the arsenal of the contemporary
artist.Exhibitions such as CTRL[SPACE] at the ZKM in Germany, reveal a
growing interest in artistic surveillance tactics, drawing attention
to new interpretations of the 18th Century concept of the panopticon
as an ideal mechanism of observation and control.

Our concept of a continually observed society has moved on since
Michel Foucault seized on the panopticon as a metaphor for the
oppressive use of information in modern society.Though Foucault's
observation that control no longer requires physical domination over
the body, but can be enacted through the constant possibility of
observation, still holds true, the methods used to monitor individuals
in space have changed considerably. Surveillance and Control will not
only refer to the uses of conventional monitoring and tracking
technologies, but also the operation of 'dataveillance' - the largely
invisible practice of tracking and intercepting electronic data.

The events of September 11 and their continuous re-enactment as media
spectacle, have created a new psychological environment in which these
issues can be considered. Since this time, new surveillance and
communication interception powers for law enforcement agencies and
intelligence authorities have been proposed and enacted in many
countries. The war on terror has lead to what Nazi propaganda minister
Joseph Goebbles once described as, the 'optimum anxiety level' which
is needed to mobilise a larger audience for a certain common cause -
in this case the rehabilitation of the authoritarian state and the
expansion of the military and policing.In this context, it becomes
more problematic to speak about privacy and threats to freedom of
information.Surveillance and Control will ask if there is a
possibility to counter this meticulously maintained public anxiety,
and re-engage a more balanced dialogue about the limits of freedom
versus the limits of systems of surveillance and control.

This half day conference features artists Marko Peljhan (Slovenia),
Kate Rich (Australia / UK) and Julia Scher (USA), investigative
journalist, Duncan Campbell (UK), media theorist, Eric Kluitenberg
(Netherlands), and Konrad Becker from Public Netbase (Austria).The
event will also feature an info-booth by


14:00 - 14:05 - Welcome and introduction
Honor Harger: Webcasting Curator, Tate Modern

14:05 - 14:10 - Chair's Introduction
Eric Kluitenberg: media theorist, the Netherlands

14:10 - 14:45 - Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell's presentation will outline the scale and functioning
of global electronic surveillance systems.In a slide lecture, he will
show the real world visual iconography of surveillance, giving a
graphic picture of the way in which surveillance is deployed.He will
also address how the politics of privacy have undergone a major shift,
since September 11.In a psychological environment where it has become
difficult to argue for the protection of the personal sphere,
intellectual and philosophical debate about the use of surveillance
and the role of privacy, is in decline.Campbell will address the
impact of the paucity of rigorous discourse and analysis of this area.

14:45 - 15:20 - Kate Rich
Kate Rich is part of the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT), an
information agency which develops data, tracking and visualisation
devices for critical deployment.BIT's projects often comment on the
use of monitoring and data-tracking systems employed by large
corporations and bureaucracies. Rich's presentation will outline
projects such as Suicide Box, a vertical motion video recorder mounted
below the Golden Gate bridge, and BIT Plane a miniature spy plane
deployed over the aerial space of Silicon Valley.Rich will also refer
to recent projects such as BANGBANG, a network of webcams which
automatically sense gunfire or related explosions, and BIT Radio, an
event-activated FM radio transmitter which can interrupt normal
broadcast services with important information.

15:20 - 16:00 - Panel discussion, with audience intervention
With Kate Rich and Duncan Campbell
Chair: Eric Kluitenberg

16:00 - 16:30 - Break
Tea and coffee

16:30 - 17:05 - Julia Scher
Julia Scher's work attempts to unmask and deconstruct surveillance
technology. She employs standard surveillance tools in site-specific
installations and online projects, which expose the mechanisms of
technological domination and examine our complicity with them.Her
presentation will refer to works such as Security Sites Visit, where
visitors were lead on tours of company's security systems, and
Predictive Engineering, a web project which analyses the ubiquity of
surveillance and the manner in which power is asserted in the spaces
we inhabit.Scher will also speculate on the changing face of
surveillance, considering invisible forms of scrutiny and the role of

17:05 - 17:40 - Marko Peljhan
Marko Peljhan's projects put the tools of control in the hands of the
scrutinised. Utilising the techniques and technology of military and
corporate surveillance, Peljhan constructs pragmatic and utilitarian
mechanisms, which enable the gaze to be turned back on the observers
themselves. In this presentation, Peljhan will refer to projects such
as Insular Technologies, which aims to establish an independent high
frequency radio communication network, and Makrolab, an autonomous
communications, research and living unit.His presentation will also
address the technologies of remote sensing, and signals intelligence,
referring to the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for surveillance

17:40 - 18:30 - Panel discussion, with audience intervention
With Julia Scher, Marko Peljhan and Konrad Becker.
Chair: Eric Kluitenberg


- Julia Scher, USA
Julia Scher is an artist, who's work focuses on the subjects
surveillance and cyber-sphere. Aiming at the exposure of dangers and
ideologies of monitoring systems, Scher creates temporary and
transitory web/installation/performance works that explore issues of
power, control and seduction. Scher is a founding member of The Thing,
a based in New York.She has lectured at Harvard
University, Princeton University and Rutgers University, and is
presently engaged with the department of architecture at MIT in
Boston, USA. Online data:

- Marko Peljhan, Slovenia
Marko Peljhan is a media artist and founder of the organisation,
Projekt Atol, which runs Makrolab, an autonomous communications,
research and living unit, and many other projects.Makrolab has been
shown at documentaX in Kassel in 1997, on Rottnest Island-Wadjemup,
Australia in 2000, and will be installed at Blair Atholl estate in the
Scotish Highlands in the summer of 2002 and presented at the Tramway
in Glasgow in August .

Online data:

- Kate Rich, UK / Australia
Kate Rich is a video engineer for Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT).
BIT develops data, tracking and visualisation devices for critical
deployment. Projects she has worked on with BIT include, the SUICIDE
BOX, the BIT PLANE, and the BANGBANG camera network. Online data:

- Duncan Campbell, UK
Scottish born Duncan Campbell is an investigative journalist, author,
consultant and television producer specialising in privacy, civil
liberties and secrecy issues. His best-known investigations have led
to major legal clashes with successive British governments. In 1988,
he revealed the existence of the ECHELON project, which has since 1997
become controversial throughout the world and especially in Europe.
Online data:

- Eric Kluitenberg, Netherlands
Eric Kluitenberg is a writer, theorist and organiser of culture and
technology events. He lives in Amsterdam and currently works for De
Centre for Culture and Politics, where in 2001 he organised The Society
Control - a event showcasing artists' use of electronic observation
Online data: De Balie:

- Konrad Becker, Austria
Konrad Becker is the director of Public Netbase, an organisation based
in Vienna, Austria, that explores the relationship between culture and
technology, art and society, science and politics.One of their key
projects over the past two years has been, a
"cultural intelligence agency", which maps out the cultural, social,
economic and technological aspects of a global information society.The
next series of events will take place in
Amsterdam at the end of 2002. A mini info-booth
will be on display in the lobby area, outside the Starr Auditorium
during Surveillance and Control. Online data: De Balie:


There are still tickets available to attend the event.
Tickets cost UK£10 (or UK£5 for concessions).
Tickets can be obtained from:
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This event will be presented live on the Tate website, as part of Tate's
Webcasting Programme. You can experience the event live online in audio
video using the Real Player.

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international times of the webcast are:

9 March
1400 - 1830 [ GMT ]
1500 - 1930 [ Central European Time ]
0900 - 1330 [ US Eastern Standard Time ]
1930 - 0000 [ Indian / Calcutta Time ]

10 March
0100 - 0530 [ Australian Eastern Summer Time ]
0300 - 0730 [ New Zealand Summer Time ]

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