The Art Of Sur­veil­lance

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Whether through the video cam­eras at banks or al­go­rithm-based ad­ver­tis­ing, we are al­ways be­ing watched and tracked. This month, Ber­lin's mu­se­ums ex­am­ine the theme of sur­veil­lance from var­i­ous per­spec­tives. The ex­hi­bi­tion Watch­ing You, Watch­ing Me.

A Pho­to­graphic Re­sponse to Sur­veil­lance at the Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy (p. 44) ex­plores how pho­tog­ra­phy can be an in­stru­ment of sur­veil­lance, with its pros and cons. Just across the street, C/O Ber­lin’s ex­hi­bi­tion (this page) Watched! Sur­veil­lance

Art and Pho­tog­ra­phy casts light on the com­plex­i­ties of mod­ern sur­veil­lance, cre­atively and crit­i­cally show­cas­ing both tech­nolo­gies used by govern­ment agen­cies and those that have be­come em­bed­ded in the fab­ric of our ev­ery­day lives. Twenty artists, in­clud­ing Ai Wei Wei and James Brid­dle, ex­am­ine tech­nolo­gies such as facial recog­ni­tion, Google Street View, and dig­i­tal lifel­og­ging, pon­der­ing just how much over­sight we re­ally need.

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