Public Private Property

Imagine Couchsurfing…for drills. A platform with profile pages, ratings, and social networking for any physical objects, be it household appliances, office supplies, or exotic and rare rentals. Users upload information about objects they own, which can be searched and requested by other users. The objects…

Partizipatorisches Panoptikum

“Wer hat denn DIESES Foto gemacht?” Ein verdrossener Klick und das Fotoalbum blättert weiter. “Das glaube ich nicht. Es wurde wirklich überall fotografiert…” Ärgern über unvorteilhafte Fotos, das gehört dazu zum Leben der Promis und Hollywood-VIPs, die tagtäglich Hunderte veröffentlichter Fanfotos entdecken. Nur zum Leben…

HOWTO: Be a cool old person

People fret all the time about getting old. They are frightened about losing their hair; they are afraid about losing touch with the times. For people caught up chasing eternal youth, there is no greater fear than withering into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon. But…

saving face: installing the participatory panopticon

Just the other day I was mucking about in sousveillance and participatory panopticons, and lo-and-behold my dear alma mater produces a glowing example of its own: The Panopticon: A Facebook Installation. Martha Martinez ’08 pieced together an installation of over 4,500 photos readily available on…

sousveillance: a worm´s eyeview

The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. — John Berger in About Looking What do you get when you inverse surveillance? A neologism: sousveillance. For those of us who don’t speak français as…