Archive for January, 2010

My dissertation, finally

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

It took me almost five and a half years, from the first class to my final defense, but here it is: my dissertation. Maybe one day I’ll write about the emotional and personal cost of a PhD but for now, I’ll try to revel in the relief of completion. Comments, as always, welcome! And of […]

Sorting Daemons

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I attended the opening for Sorting Daemons: Art, Surveillance and Social Control, which is being held in conjunction with the Surveillance Camera workshop I’m attending. Information-gathering systems increasingly affect our lives, tracking our movement and consumer preferences. Such “sorting daemons” reinforce existing streams of influence and quietly create new ones. The artists in this exhibition […]

CCTV: Orwellian nightmare or technical fix?

Friday, January 15th, 2010

It’s been awhile since I’ve traveled by train, but yesterday I boarded old faithful VIA bound for Kingston for the SCAN workshop on camera surveillance in Canada. The workshop is part of the New Transparency project (and my new job). I’d forgotten how lovely the train is! Clive Norris opened the workshop a public lecture […]