The relationship between the visual arts and surveillance has been explored through large scale exhibitions (CTRL:Space, ZKM), and texts such as Loving Big Brother (McGrath, 2004) have introduced questions of performance and performativity into the surveillance debate. However, as the technological possibilities available to artists grow, and the social impact of surveillance is increasingly recognized, there is a need for a thorough examination of the uses of surveillance in the visual arts, particularly in the genres of new media and performance art, where issues regarding technological engagement and embodiment come to the fore. This special issue of Surveillance & Society presents papers and works that examine the complexities of surveillance in new media and performance art.

Some additional material accompanies this issue on the artists' own websites, as well as the stills from Jordan Crandall's project, HOMEFRONT on our Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/surveillance_and_society/sets/72157624083983201/show/

Published: 2010-06-05