Early Warning Systems: Charles Stankievech & David Murakami Wood

Charles Stankievech (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, University of Toronto) and David Murakami Wood (Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies, Queen's University)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:30-2:00pm
Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium

David Murakami Wood will talk about 'listening' as a surveillance practice, with particular reference to the development of coastal listening stations in the UK (the next step from the 'sound mirrors' in Charles Stankievech's exhibition), but will take the history onwards through the building of US and UK intelligence into the telecommunications infrastructure of allied nations in the 1960s, the ECHELON revelations of the 1990s, and the Snowden revelations of the present.

Stankievech and Murakami Wood will let this expand naturally into a conversation about what will hopefully be a compelling and insightful conversation about contemporary and historical surveillance.

Everyone welcome!

Presented by the SSC, Queen's Cultural Studies, and the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre