Surveillance Society


Post-Panopticon: Exposure and Privacy in the City of Total Surveillance

Surveillance Society


Post-Panopticon: Exposure and Privacy in the City of Total Surveillance
Surveillance is associated with coherent terms and trends such as crime prevention, discipline and punishment. Today we witness a shift from imposed to voluntary surveillance in exchange for promises of convenience.
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The city of today is dependent on the mechanisms of every action being seen and recorded. Society approaches the ultimate level of data precision: an era of nearly perfect knowledge. In 2015, the depth of human understanding of the world covers the spectrum from a map of the universe to individual genetics. Soon everything that exists will be registered and stored forever.

In the future, the main conflict of personal values will be that between privacy and convenience. It will be the most dramatic in Russia, with the majority of people choosing comfort and the benefits of exposure. We predict that people who refuse privacy will inhabit most of Moscow’s city space. While exposure of personal data contributes to convenience of life and ability to proceed with little effort, it makes citizens easy targets for control and manipulation.



Year 2026- privacy as a new currency.

Year 2030- society broken into two parts.

Year 2031- sophisticated confession.

Year 2032- reshaped function of faith.

Year 2066- ultimately redefined concept of privacy.


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Authors: Paul Cetnarski, Elmira Kakabayeva, Yulia Popova, Natalia Shavkunova; Curator: Kuba Snopek
Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Wroclaw
Wrocław
Poland
Surveillance Society was a team of four gathered to conduct a research during Strelka Educational Programme under the theme of BIG FUTURE.

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