Don’t fooled by spook propaganda: the state still wants more licence to pry | Henry Porter
M15 spied on Doris Lessing for 20 years, declassified documents reveal http://gu.com/p/4bknb/stw
M15 spied on Doris Lessing for two decades for her Communist and anti-apartheid sympathies
The Guardian view on M15 archives: secrets of surveillance | Editorial http://gu.com/p/4by4z/stw
Mechanized apparatuses record millions of images every day, documenting people’s lives — often without their awareness or permission. Our present age of drone reconnaissance and warfare, in particular, has emerged in concert with a state of pervasive surveillance in societies worldwide. In their newly-commissioned video Drone Wedding, artist collective Public Studio explores the perceptual implications of the automated imagery generated by drone technology.
On July 1, 2013, Public Studio recorded a wedding in Toronto, by means of a drone and four surveillance cameras. The artists then compiled the collected footage into an eight-channel video. Randomized image selection and remote overhead footage imbue the scenes with tension, transforming a celebration into a suspicious activity. The use of high-tech image capture evokes the military-industrial complex, in which drones have become ubiquitous devices for violent interventions, while also highlighting drone imagery’s embedded place in our visual lexicon.
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