Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space / Edition 1

Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space / Edition 1

by John McGrath, John E. McGrath, McGrath John
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415275377

ISBN-13: 9780415275378

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In Loving Big Brother the author tackles head on the overstated claims of the crime-prevention and anti-terrorism lobbies. But he also argues that we desire and enjoy surveillance, and that, if we can understand why this is, we may transform the effect it has on our lives. This book looks at a wide range of performance and visual artists, at popular TV shows

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In Loving Big Brother the author tackles head on the overstated claims of the crime-prevention and anti-terrorism lobbies. But he also argues that we desire and enjoy surveillance, and that, if we can understand why this is, we may transform the effect it has on our lives. This book looks at a wide range of performance and visual artists, at popular TV shows and movies, and at our day-to-day encounters with surveillance, rooting its arguments in an accessible reading of cultural theory.

Constant scrutiny by surveillance cameras is usually seen as - at best - an invasion of privacy, and at worst an infringement of human rights. But in this radical new account of the uses of surveillance in art, performance and popular culture, John E McGrath sets out a surprizing alternative: a world where we have much to gain from the experience of being watched.

This iconoclastic book develops a notion of surveillance space - somewhere beyond the public and the private, somewhere we will all soon live. It's a place we're just beginning to understand.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415275378
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: thinking surveillance1
1An ideology of crime19
2Perverting privacy56
3Accidental death99
4Dimensions, doubles and data: producing surveillance space131
5Staging the spectator164
6Encountering surveillance196
Notes221
Bibliography236
Index241

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