Solutionising the overcode: artistic methods of escape from the electronic super-panopticon

Tweed, C (2012) Solutionising the overcode: artistic methods of escape from the electronic super-panopticon. In: Space and Place: 3rd Global Conference, 3 - 5 September 2012, Mansfield College, Oxford.

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Within the new technologies of control data has become the key to managing and controlling populations and space via biopolitical, statistical mechanisms and it is used for identifying, ordering, standardising and categorising life. Brian Holmes defines this new form of control as the continuous adjustment of an apparatus or an environment, according to feedback data on its human variables. As a result the environment becomes overcoded with an optimizing algorithm, fed by data coming directly from the inhabitants. Thus it can be argued that integrated world capitalism has now produced a second sphere beyond the earth’s biosphere known as the noosphere. This noosphere is the ultimate place for control, an invisible sphere of fibre optic cables and electromagnetic waves moving around us, tracking us, scanning our neural mesh and reacting to our actions. In relation to this Castells notes that as a result of these new technologies the global city becomes a process as much as a place. As Paul Virilio notes increasingly surveillance data are used for simulating, modelling and anticipating situations that have not yet arisen - thus Bentham’s panopticon gives way to a sort of electronic super-panopticon, a real time virtual simulator - the prison architecture becomes an automated machine. My paper will discuss the idea of the electronic super panopticon and aspects of my PHD research project which interrogates how artists can begin to define escape routes and alternative practices from inside this noosphere whilst using these same technologies and systems as the primary material and structure for the work. I will propose that by working anonymously in the guise of various machines, models and algorithms an artistic strategy of machinic modelling can become a pertinent weapon in response to the electronic super-panopticon.

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Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
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Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
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