Who is watching, and who is being watched? Who decides which spaces are visible to the camera and which are effectively invisible, off-limits to authorities? A roundtable discussion examines how engineers, artists, and activists intervene in surveillance systems to subvert, invert, and redefine these relationships, and how the principle of “sousveillance” – meaning surveillance from “below,” or watching the watchers – applies.
Panelists include artists and engineers who collaborate to produce software and hardware applications that access and visualize data usually obscured from public view; artists whose projects have questioned the rhetoric of surveillance by intervening more playfully in the expected aesthetics or power dynamics; and activists who monitor post-9/11 surveillance by intelligence agencies and its effects on immigrant and dissenting communities. This event was held by The New School.