Flynn & Mackay: Spaces of surveillance

We leven in een wereld van alomtegenwoordige surveillance en dat merk je ook in kunst, film, literatuur en co, waar “kijken en bekeken worden” steeds meer een thema wordt. ‘Spaces of surveillance’ bundelt verschillende essays over de manier waarop controlesystemen worden verbeeld in de verschillende kunstvormen.

“In a world of ubiquitous surveillance, watching and being watched are the salient features of the lives depicted in many of our cultural productions. This collection examines surveillance as it is portrayed in art, literature, film and popular culture, and makes the connection between our sense of ‘self’ and what is ‘seen’. In our post-panoptical world which purports to proffer freedom of movement, technology notes our movements and habits at every turn. Surveillance seeps out from businesses and power structures to blur the lines of security and confidentiality. This unsettling loss of privacy plays out in contemporary narratives, where the ‘selves’ we create are troubled by surveillance.”

Susan Flynn & Antonia Mackay (eds): Spaces of Surveillance. States and Selves (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)