Last October, I was at Digital Existence: Memory, Meaning, Vulnerability, a conference organised by the group Existential Terrains. This talk indexes some of the themes that I am currently working through in the dissertation project: what counts as ‘knowing’ about surveillance if I am told so much about it, but can almost never experience it, handle it, grasp it? What does it mean for the state to insist that indiscriminate data collection is necessary to know a terrorist threat that it defines fundamentally unknowable? And what about self-tracking devices, which promise a more intimate kind of self-knowledge precisely by having machines pre-empt our own intuitive access to ourselves?
The full talk and slides are available over at untimely.co.