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Overvågningens kunst: Overvågningsdystopier og interfacebegær i det urbane rum i 1984, Faceless og andre urbane interfaces

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  • Department of Information and Media Studies
  • Center for Digital Urban Living
  • Digital Aesthetics Research Centre
For many years surveillance was perceived in a negative way, but this has changed and we increasingly are surveilled by cameras and sensors and our behaviour on-line is logged and tracked by both companies and (inter-)national intelligence. Far from generating overwhelming protests, this development is often furthered by people willingly posting personal and private data to commercial services and companies on the web. Consequently today, surveillance seems unavoidable and an integrated part of the different social and urban interfaces spreading around us. This article will discuss this cultural shift in the perception of surveillance and follow how the cultural perception of surveillance has changed from George Orwell’s dystopian 1984 to Apple’s liberating 1984 in the advert for the first Macintosh and to contemporary urban interfaces. It will do so by discussing contemporary urban surveillance art with a focus on Manu Luksch’ film Faceless (2007), which is a film made exclusively from ready-made surveillance camera footage. Besides a critical surveillance narrative, this film also shows dehumanised images of an invisible sociality that has a paradoxical beauty.
Original languageDanish
JournalK og K
Volume38. årgang
Issue110
Pages (from-to)9-26
Number of pages18
ISSN0905-6998
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Research areas

  • Surveillance, digital culture, digital art, interface

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