I take the threat of terrorism seriously. And I think we all do. And I think it’s really disingenuous for the government to invoke and sort of scandalize our memories, to sort of exploit the national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up and our constitution says we should not give up.
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Jenny Marketou, ‘Be careful who sees you when you dream’, installation view, 2007.
Picked up from a previous installation this time is specifically designed for FEEDBACK exhibition curated by Christiane Paul, Jemima Rellie and Charlie Gere and co produced with Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Gijon, Spain. The airborne installation features 18 red balloons inflated with helium, wireless CCTV, four video screens, and live video streaming. The aim of the artist is to shield the deep darkness of surveillance with aesthetic playfulness. The installation lures the visitors in enforceable encounters as they offer themselves as the watched subjects. Movements of visitors through the balloons are recorded as ephemera, traces, forms and patterns are broadcasted live in the four video screens set up on the floor of the gallery.
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Jenny Marketou, ‘Be careful who sees you when you dream’, installation view, 2007.

Picked up from a previous installation this time is specifically designed for FEEDBACK exhibition curated by Christiane Paul, Jemima Rellie and Charlie Gere and co produced with Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial Gijon, Spain. The airborne installation features 18 red balloons inflated with helium, wireless CCTV, four video screens, and live video streaming. The aim of the artist is to shield the deep darkness of surveillance with aesthetic playfulness. The installation lures the visitors in enforceable encounters as they offer themselves as the watched subjects. Movements of visitors through the balloons are recorded as ephemera, traces, forms and patterns are broadcasted live in the four video screens set up on the floor of the gallery.

(via Jenny Marketou)

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Stripped of context, these comments might make you consider anew the ramifications of a world in which there is no privacy, nor any expectation of it. It reifies the notion that someone, somehow, somewhere in an office in Virginia, Utah or Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is listening to your every word. That’s not paranoia; that’s the modern surveillance state, say the artists, who considered a live audio stream but settled on text instead.
It’s easy for us as wealthy Europeans to accept much of the technological rhetoric around the liberating power of technology without really realising it. In reality we early adopters are the first victims of the traps that technology has built into it: We don’t understand how or why our devices work and are inherently wary of finding out for fear of invalidating warranties or endangering our reliance on it.
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Watch an exclusive clip from Tonje Hessen Schei’s new documentary about drones. The film identifies the unit responsible for CIA operations in Pakistan, and alleges the flights are operated by the US air force, which raises questions about the legal safeguards for military pilots. The film also shows how the military recruits young gamers to fly different types of remotely piloted aircraft.

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RIOT - Official Trailer (2013)

As the economical crisis advances, the discontent of an entire population cannot help but outburst in Riots, where the sounds of many voices get heard at once. The Director Leonard Menchiari has been experiencing this form of protest in person, and the game “RIOT” was born as a way to express it and to tell the stories of these fights. What is that triggers such a strife? What does a cop feel during the conflict? In “Riot”, the player will experience both sides of a fight in which there is no such thing as “victory” or “defeat”.

Transcendence footage turns Johnny Depp into a God

"Transcendence may seem like your typical "scientist creates artificial intelligence, scientist dies, scientist is loaded into AI device and goes rogue" movie. But this new featurette is showing a whole slew of insanity. Does Johnny Depp become a living god? Check it out.

This new look at Wally Pfister’s film raises more questions than answered them. Does Johnny Depp’s character find the power to flay skin from human flesh? Are we all just inside his brain? Does he have rogue infected soldiers, like in the final Matrix movie? We need answers! Either way, this looks like a much more of a straight-up action movie than we ever anticipated. Fingers crossed for this one.”

Tiltor incentivizes riot control from within through social media

"This is all going to sound a bit cyberpunk dystopia, but there’s now a social media company that allows businesses—and potentially law enforcement services—to incentivize crowd control during riots. 

Tiltor is designed to “break up riots from within,” by rewarding those who discourage violent behaviour from inside the crowd itself. 

Businesses or police can hire Tiltor to send a message to all the smartphones in a designated area, offering a reward to anyone who attempts to disperse the crowd from within. If the riot ends soon after, everyone who signed up to Tiltor gets a share of the total reward money.”

Tiltor incentivizes riot control from within through social media

"This is all going to sound a bit cyberpunk dystopia, but there’s now a social media company that allows businesses—and potentially law enforcement services—to incentivize crowd control during riots.

Tiltor is designed to “break up riots from within,” by rewarding those who discourage violent behaviour from inside the crowd itself.

Businesses or police can hire Tiltor to send a message to all the smartphones in a designated area, offering a reward to anyone who attempts to disperse the crowd from within. If the riot ends soon after, everyone who signed up to Tiltor gets a share of the total reward money.”