following are some rough notes from feb. 19. meeting with th. and myself. many questions to discuss. please add to them! what’s in <> is possible action/performance/experiments. especially add to those!
1. you can’t discuss surveillance without discussing race
2. or the money
(camera as way to make the neighborhood more “attractive” by moving undesirables out of sight; real estate developer’s weapon; reverse block-busting)
3. what is the implication of many cameras being bought with anti-terrorism $ ?
(the war on drugs, the war on terror, whatever you call it…)
4. cameras attempt to project the image they desire (to prevent). they are not only passive recorders of cultural exception, but rather active projectors of desired cultural norms.
5. cameras attempt to project docility and the idea of omnipresence. as with the slave/master relationship.
6. recording prevents change. you are whoever you were as far as the cameras are concerned. how long are records kept? at what point are we no longer the person on the video? are we ever?
(surveillance displaces the self with the image/object/commodity. where is the link between identity and self?)
7. remote surveillance allows presence while absent, control without risk. (like aerial bombardment instead of ground troops) who’s watching? and from where?