BOUNDING(/UNBOUNDING) THE GAG
(DON’T THINK, TALK, LISTEN, LOOK)
What can we expect when we’ll unbound the gag that has muted us?
This strategy explores the ideas of surveillance, resistance, suppression,
repression and the limits of privacy.
How does surveillance affects us in our most inner self? Does surveillance
go necessarily hand in hand with suppression? If so, how does this suppression/repression
The watchful gaze gives surveillance its quintessential characteristic.
It targets and treats the body as an object to be watched, assessed and
Following Orwell inspired ideas and, under fears of a big Brother state,
privacy concerns are growing. Every move we make, every breath we take
is being monitored. In the digital age, Big Brother is keeping track of
all aspects of our lives, every movement, in order to check and monitor
behavior, to influence persons and populations and to anticipate and pre-empt
risks....they are watching you, they are watching me.
'dataveillance', the ability to track people by monitoring the shadow
their data is now big business.
Secret microphones were used a couple of years ago by BP to listen to
the private conversations of millions of customers.
'Web bugs' hidden behind only one pixel-size image on your computer screen
can gather information about your web surfing habits, which means that
one dot on your screen is watching every move you make.
MI5 will monitor, through a black box that all service providers will
have to install, all data passing through UK computers. the email and
internet activities of everyone with an internet will effectively be accessible
to a State power.
databases bulging with details of every aspect of our private lives, from
eating habits, hobbies, tastes and preferences have all been downloaded.
Never in the history of mankind has personal privacy been harder to protect.
In this state of surveillance what does personal privacy means?
The monitoring of everyday life implies "suppression of dissent"
including whistle blowing, free speech, systems of social control and
SUPPRESSION also implies PUNISHMENT
What do the concepts SUSPICION/INCLUSION/EXCLUSION/ACCESS suggest to you?
In what way do words shape the mechanism of our imprisonment
and the key to our escape?
Do you believe, as Foucault and Barthes famously claimed, that the world
is language and that "language is a prison". Are our thoughts
(about politics, society, gender etc etc) a product of language and this
a product of society?
By controlling language, can the power structure of a society be changed,
and is this the real intention behind so-called PC?
What does POLITICAL CORRECTNESS mean? Good manners and
civility? harmless non-sense applied to speech and personal behavior?
imposition of pre-digested opinions, by those in position of power? or
an excuse for the replacing of thought by denying that it is reasonable
to debate something?
Through mass media a few give legitimacy to dominant ideologies and shape
the consciousness of the many. A brainwashing of the mass is created where
men ceases to think and talk. We see a replacing of thought, We see a
new enslavement of society by replacing of ideas and thoughts and the
help of the disciplinary gaze of surveillance.
How is CENSORSHIP exercise and how does it influence the freedom of speech?
Dolores Sanchez Calvo