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Correspondence author111328Steve MannUniversity of Torontomann@eecg.toronto.eduCanada
Title (edit):Sousveillance: Personal experience capture and Inverse Surveillance
Abstract:This paper presents a personal narrative that began 30 years ago as a childhood hobby, of wearing and implanting various sensors, effectors, and multimedia computation in order to re-define personal space and modify sensory perception computationally. This work involved the creation of various computational seeing aids that evolved into a new kind of visual art, and eventually a new kind of collaborative media. By becoming at one with the machine, the author was able to explore a new humanity at the nexus of cyberspace and the real world. The main contribution of the paper is a presentation of what was discovered accidentally, as a result of the ``cyborg discrimination'' the author faced. In particular, over the past 30 years, peer discrimination has decreased, while institutional and organized discrimination has intensified. Most notably, it was discovered that cyborg discrimination was most intense in establishments having the most surveillance. Rather than avoid such establishments, the author was able to explore and capture unique aspects in the understanding of surveillance. The word sur-veillance denotes a God's eye view from on high (i.e. French for ``to watch from above''). An inverse, called sous-veillance (French for ``to watch from below'') explores what happens when cameras move from lamp posts and ceilings down to eye level. Finally, it is suggested that new personal experience capture technologies, like mass-produced wearable cameraphones, can be used as tools for artists to explore and subvert surveillance in new ways.
Track:CARPE 2004
Paper identifier for uploading manuscript:196182895
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