DATA Browser

Creating Insecurity

Creating Insecurity: art and culture in the age of security; DATA browser #04; edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox; published by Autonomedia; All texts released under a Creative Commons License; ISBN 978-1-57027-205-9; pp. 208; BUY from Autonomedia or Amazon or DOWNLOAD FREE.

Date:
2009

Following the words of Giorgio Agamben (from his 2001 article “On Security and Terror”), security has become the basic principle of international politics after 9/11, and the “sole criterion of political legitimation”. But security — reducing plural, spontaneous and surprising phenomena to a level of calculability — also seems to operate against a political legitimacy based on possibilities of dissent, and stands in clear opposition to artistic creativity. Being incalculable by nature, art is often incompatible with the demands of security and consequently viewed as a “risk”, leading to the arrest of artists, and a neutralisation of innovative environments for the sake of security.

Yet precisely the position of art outside the calculable seems to bring about a new politicisation of art, and some speak of art as “politics by other means”. Has art become the last remaining enclave of a critique of violence? Yet how “risky” can art be?

The contributors to DATA browser 04: CREATING INSECURITY address these questions at the intersection of art, technology, and politics.

contents:

CREATING INSECURITY - INTRODUCTION, Wolfgang Sützl

ON SECURITY AND TERROR, Giorgio Agamben

CRITIQUE OF SOFTWARE SECURITY, Geoff Cox & Martin Knahl

BUFFER OVERFLOWS, Florian Cramer

VIR.US.EXE, Luis Silva / carlos katastrofsky

GLOBAL SECURITY ALLIANCE, Konrad Becker

LANGUAGES OF SURPRISE, Wolfgang Sützl

LISTS OF INSTABILITY, glorious ninth

SECURITY AESTHETIC = SYSTEM PANIC, Brian Holmes

SECURITY MANIA, Daniela Ingruber

A BRIEF HISTORY OF REALTIME, Mukul Patel

IMPLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY, The Institute for Applied Autonomy

ON MOVING, Norbert Koppensteiner

MY MOBILE WEIGHS A TON, Naeem Mohaiemen

ANTITERROR LINE, Bureau of Inverse Technology

THE OCCULTED STATE, McKenzie Wark

FAILURE TO COMPLY, Tiziana Terranova

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

The DATA browser series presents critical texts that explore issues at the intersection of culture and technology.

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