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07/31/2019 _Perspective

A Radical-Ambiguous (Re-)Vision of America’s West

David Benjamin Sherry’s Eco-Queer Critique of America’s Changing National Parks in his Photo Series Climate Vortex Sutra (2014)

How can climate change be understood and imagined in contemporary art photography from a queer point of view? [1] In the following, I want to answer this question by delving into the artistic practice of the American photographer David Benjamin Sherry. Through my eco-queer reading [2] of his series Climate Vortex Sutra (2014), I want to find out to what extent it deals not only with questions of climate change but also with the heteronormative history of American landscape photography. […]

12/11/2018 _Perspective

Dystopian Realities

Investigating the Perception of and Interaction with Surveillance Practices

Many of us, upon opening up our laptops to work (or waste time looking at cute cats on the internet), are greeted by the familiar sight of a little piece of tape that we placed on our screens in an effort to cover the webcam. Intended to function as a bulwark between our privacy and the depths of the internet, this little self-defense mechanism is symptomatic of a much deeper problem than the fear of being recorded doing something embarrassing. […]

12/11/2018 _Perspective

GlobalEyes

A dive into the world of public webcams, GlobalEyes subtly exposes the state of surveillance in an age of online watching and live commentary. Some just want to vicariously travel the world from their office chair while others have more sinister intentions. From public squares to private homes, no one is safe from prying eyes around the globe. […]

12/11/2018 _Perspective

Working Under Surveillance

This poem addresses the lived experience of being in workplaces under legal forms of surveillance in Australia. It refers to the evolution of emotions and behaviors during workplace surveillance, and adaptation to surveillance technologies of audit cultures. It refers also to compliance with surveillance, and to normalization of stressful emotions and behaviors as part of dealing with surveillance technologies and culture.

12/11/2018 _Perspective

On Self-Tracking as Surveillance Practice

Running, walking, climbing stairs.

[the surface of the earth rotates while I’m moving in the world]

Someone is watching my every move.

Even when I do not move – when I sit, when I wait at the bus station, when I eat, when I sleep – there is a constant recording of my activity of being alive.

Breathing in, breathing out. Someone, something is counting. […]