In­side Out: Sur­veilling and Safe­guard­ing for a Healthy You!

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  • Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space

Presentation Title:

  • In­side Out: Sur­veilling and Safe­guard­ing for a Healthy You!

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  • Panel:  Intimate TV: Webcamming & Social Life-logging In the Surveillant-Sousveillant Space

    Through­out my life I have been ra­di­ographed, sono­graphed, scanned, and had my blood pres­sure, bone struc­ture, mus­cu­lar mass and heart beats mea­sured… I keep my­self safe. Any strange anom­aly can be de­tected, pho­tographed and analysed. Sur­veil­lance is needed. Tech­nol­ogy is needed for sur­veil­lance to per­sist. In the name of health and well-be­ing, one is ad­vised to watch, to pre­vent and obey med­ical pro­ce­dures. Con­tin­u­ously, I am pre­sented with im­ages me­di­ated by tech­nol­ogy, per­tain­ing to a code I can not ac­cess for I lack the knowl­edge to in­ter­pret it, and yet they pro­lif­er­ate around me – pri­vate, in­ti­mate, im­ages of lungs, of an ovary, of a de­faulted organ, of an un­born baby…  This is a pa­per-per­for­mance on the pol­i­tics in­volved in the sur­veil­lance of the self, ques­tion­ing tech­nol­ogy as a “bio-tool” for com­mu­ni­ca­tion of in­ter­nal im­ages that are en­gaged with the self. This is also a bio-pa­per-per­for­mance of the per­former’s body, watch­ing her­self being watched by med­ical ma­chin­ery, ex­pos­ing a se­ries of per­sonal med­ical im­ages. Con­tin­u­ing the work I have been de­vel­op­ing con­cern­ing in­ti­mate tech­nol­ogy and in­ti­mate sto­ries, I in­tend to ex­plore the aes­thetic of tech­nolo­gies that sur­round our every­day life.

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