Ctrl [Space]: Rhetorics of Surveillance from Bentham to Big Brother

This book investigates the state of panoptic art at a time when issues of security and civil liberties are on many people s minds Traditional imaging and tracking systems have given way to infinitely more powerful dataveillance technologies as an evolving arsenal of surrogate eyes and ears in our society shifts its focus from military to domestic space Taking as its point of departure an architectural drawing by Jeremy Bentham that became the model for an entire social regime CTRL SPACE looks at the shifting relationships between design and power imaging and oppression from the eighteenth to the twenty first centuries From the photographs taken with hidden cameras by Walker Evans and Paul Strand in the early twentieth century to the appropriation of military satellite technology by Marko Peljhan a hundred years later the works of a wide range of artists have explored the dynamics of watching and being watched The artists whose panoptical preoccupations are featured include among others Sophie Calle Diller Scofidio Dan Graham Pierre Huyghe Michael Klier Rem Koolhaas Bruce Nauman Yoko Ono Thomas Ruff Julia Scher Andy Warhol and Peter Weibel This book along with the exhibition it accompanies is the first state of the art survey of panopticism in digital culture architecture television video cinema painting photography conceptual art installation work robotics and satellite imaging

The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media

p Benjamin s famous Work of Art essay sets out his boldest thoughts on media and on culture in general in their most realized form while retaining an edge that gets under the skin of everyone who reads it In this essay the visual arts of the machine age morph into literature and theory and then back again to images gestures and thought p p This essay however is only the beginning of a vast collection of writings that the editors have assembled to demonstrate what was revolutionary about Benjamin s explorations on media Long before Marshall McLuhan Benjamin saw that the way a bullet rips into its victim is exactly the way a movie or pop song lodges in the soul p p This book contains the second and most daring of the four versions of the Work of Art essay the one that addresses the utopian developments of the modern media The collection tracks Benjamin s observations on the media as they are revealed in essays on the production and reception of art on film radio and photography and on the modern transformations of literature and painting The volume contains some of Benjamin s best known work alongside fascinating little known essays some appearing for the first time in English In the context of his passionate engagement with questions of aesthetics the scope of Benjamin s media theory can be fully appreciated p

Siegfried Kracauer

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Video Logic

Video Logic features new and recent work by six artists who have been involved with video and screen based artwork for a decade or more The exhibition celebrates the dynamism and depth of Australian video art a medium that has reached prominence in recent years br br Curated by Russell Storer the featured artists are Denis Beaubois Philip Brophy John Conomos Adam Geczy John Gillies and Eugenia Raskopoulos These artists have contributed substantially to the development of the medium in Australia and their work has been influential on subsequent generations of video artists Video Logic also considers the ways that the featured artists bring a range of disciplines to video art from film and animation to performance music and literature

On the Passage of a few people through a rather brief moment in time: the Situationist International, 1957-1972

i A new form of mental illness has swept the planet banalisation Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit i Gilles Ivain i Formula for a New City i br br These essays original texts photographs comics film stills and color plates document the rich agit art legacy of the Situationist International a group of European artists and writers who emerged from such avant garde movements as COBRA Lettrisme and the Imaginary Bauhaus and from the breakup of Surrealism to launch a strategy of art as cultural critique br br The Situationist s attempt to transform everyday life through paintings films and manifestos posters and pamphlets acts and agitations as well as the journal i Internationale Situationiste i culminated in the student uprising in Paris and shifted the Situationist focus from aesthetic concerns to political instigation br br In her contribution Elisabeth Sussman describes the significance of the SI exhibit at Boston s Institute of Contemporary Art in the context of American museums Mark Francis s introduction explains the background of the SI and is followed by a documentary section that includes translations of emblematic pre situationist and situationist texts br br The SI prominent Situationist artists and their techniques are then examined and critiqued in five insightful essays Peter Wollen looks at the SI in light of its paradigmatic attempt to marry art and politics He evaluates the traditions that led to and from this moment of fusion and to its successes and its failures br br Greil Marcus examines Memoires a collaborative book project by the painter Asger Jorn and the writer and theorist Guy Debord Marcus s close reading of the book s construction in which a series of clips or appropriations from mass media sources were splattered with paint shows that it literally demonstrates the situationist technique of detournement the dislocation or turning of the everyday br br Tom Levin focuses on the films of Guy Debord and on their relation to the Lettrist cinema and the American avant garde cinema of the early s br br Two brief essays by Troels Andersen and Mirella Bandini respectively take up Asger Jorn s relationship to the SI and the Congress at Alba that laid the foundations for the formation of the SI