Easter eggs of the Zeitgeist 2014
Screen shot from “Vanishing Surveillance: Securityscapes and Ambient Government"—excellent short lecture by Professor David Murakami Wood, Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies (how’s that for a job title) of Queen’s University.
In the talk Murakami Wood covers millennia of security measures built on landscape manipulations and other naturalistic techniques to lead into a theory of immanent “ambient government"—sensorial presences of the State so ubiquitously and subtly embedded into the environment that they are almost indistinguishable from nature.
"Sometimes I crank up some music and just let it go," says W., explaining the daily painting regimen he now enjoys in his Dallas retirement. This video that accompanies his new exhibit of presidential portraits of leaders of other nation-states takes our own nation-state to a new apex of self-parody, to say nothing of our beautiful, insane all-American capacity to wrap the horrors of our past in a cocoon of post-Protestant banality (and in this case, geopolitics practiced in the style of a fraternity pledge captain).
You really have to see it to believe it. (Consider Abu Ghraib photos as semiotic aperitif.)
"I fully understand that the signature is worth more than the painting."