[spectre] New podcast: Hasan Elahi talks about sousveillance, surveillance camera aesthetics and the era of the selfie

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Fri Dec 29 10:35:43 CET 2017

*New podcast: Hasan Elahi
<http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/hasan-elahi-main/capsula>*talks about data
bodies and digital immigrants, about obsolete laws and cultural velocities,
about little brothers, big brothers, and the potential agency of tiny
secrets against big data.

Link: http://rwm.macba.cat/en/sonia/hasan-elahi-main/capsula

Spending years putting together a public archive of tens of thousands of
images recording details of his daily life, from bathroom breaks to bank
transactions, and making it available to the FBI to help them in their
surveillance of him, which they started by mistake, has been one of the
high points in the career of Bangladeshi-born artist *Hasan Elahi.* His
projects, in the form of installations, web sites, and photographic series,
led him deep into the world of extreme surveillance, before the advent of
social media. A decade and a half later, his perseverance has shaped
questions on the aesthetics of privacy in the face of government agencies.
The accumulation of private images always brings into focus a sharper, less
suspicious narrative, but it also opens up the possibility of camouflage,
of sousveillance, and of what Hasan dubs the “non-autobiographical selfie”.

*Music excerpts from "Lyriction for Flute" (1988), by Yasunao Tone and
Barbara Held*

*02:47* We’ve always been watching
*06:00* The strategy of the opposite
*07:27* Dots, not lines
*10:16* Mapping a body trought a city
*13:41* Data body
*16:19* Metadata
*19:29* Obsolescence
*20:53* Surveillance camera aesthetics
*24:50* Policy and adaptation

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