This text is about the homoeopathic distribution of terror as a technique of control. It is also about techniques of resistance in the context of an increasingly totalitarian western world that seems to solidify in a total presence of surveillance, discipline and control.
In a world like ours where the state will get away with mass killings and the media cover it (up) all the way, one cannot but feel a certain relief when someone, anyone interrupts the flow of violence and directs it back at power. [Read more →]
You have only one question to ask yourself: do I give good data-set?
Even automatic doors don’t notice us
The security camera is slotted into the space left by an omniscient god. But this is a deity that’s had to downgrade its ambitions and if god is love, this one has a corner of a shopping centre as the object of its unrelenting devotion. Surveillance is the maintenance of the mundane, of business as usual: of flow control and correct deportment. [Read more →]
Electronica as a scene has coagulated primarily as a media concern – in that the media itself needed to bolster it’s role as both a guidebook for ‘innovation’ and a touchstone for transmitting the codes of each particular scene. However, electronica’s distinction is that it sometimes exists as a catch-all for everything else that isn’t drawn into one of the other dedicated genre scenes within the electronic and dance music milieu, fluctuating in that what departs from electronica is often transmogrified into its own micro-scene (cf post rock, Berlin minimalism,…) whilst the core of electronica itself can never be pinned to any particular rules of thumb regarding sounds, instrumentation, structure, etc. However, the compressing and packaging of electronica as a scene easily rivals its constructed polar opposites for it’s sheer predictability and softened ‘subversion’. In fact, the hyperconformism exhibited by sects such as the ‘crasher kids’ [Read more →]
On September 11, 2001, 8.45 am, an American Airlines plane with 92 passengers on board crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Centre in New York City. 18 minutes later, as thick smoke started rising towards the sky, the news of several simultaneous hijackings started making the rounds, as camera teams started assembling and people started fleeing from the burning building, a second plane crashed into the south tower causing a huge fireball as the approximately 40 tons of kerosene in the freshly tanked plane ignited.
The images were replayed thousands of times over the following weeks: less than two hours later the landmark of New York City [Read more →]
In the border country
They’ve done it all
We kept watch
As they smashed the wall
Swell Maps, “Border Country” (1980)
While trans-national institutions like the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO clear the way for capital to move freely across the globe, European States are barricading their borders as if they expected a foreign army to invade.
In most of continental Europe this means the Schengen agreement, which suspends monitoring of borders between participating countries but gives immigration authorities unprecedented powers of surveillance, search and detention everywhere in the territory, not just at frontiers and ports of entry. Britain, meanwhile, is playing its part with the 1999 asylum Act, quietly pushed through by the Labour government under cover of the ‘anti racist’ Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. (A Home Office Green Paper explicitly links the two initiatives.)
The term ‘asylum seeker’ suddenly replaced ‘refugee’ in media and parliamentary language around the time of last Tory immigration act, finally passed in 1996. Wheras ‘refugee’ implies an active attempt [Read more →]