Rejected PRINT cover ca. 2011—featuring Rebekah Brooks.
Black Transparency. A video about collectivity and togetherness in a police state. http://pastebin.com/UMNv2EXfMetahaven 2013
The Sheikh Al-Skype is a mobile data center. Using the ungoverned spaces of “failed states,” this nomadic unit addresses possibilities for setting up temporary internet infrastructure beyond the critical borders of the international system.
The search is on for critical borders… where non-compliant life is possible once again. The search is on for physical shelters… a castle, a ship, a mountain lair. We are weaponizing the dark glamour of new clouds. The Large Data Collider (LDC) is a circular-shaped data center modelled after CERN’s particle accelerator located under the Swiss-French border. The LDC is located in the Finnmark-Murmansk region in the upper tip of northern Europe, on the border between Russia and Norway. Inherent to the particle accelerator’s rotating movement, the data hosted in the LDC is never located within reach of any single sovereign, making use of both countries’ contrasting internet regulatory regimes.
“Connecting the Dots: Keith Alexander” Before Edward Snowden gave thousands of the agency’s top-secret documents to the press, Alexander used to publicly appear in full military attire. Sometimes he tried to win sympathy by taking the stage in a black T-shirt. In Las Vegas in 2012, Alexander urged digital troublemakers to join the NSA; he also pleaded that his agency operated lawfully and transparently. “We are overseen by everybody,” he said.
UBS becomes USB. Post-Snowden, there are plenty of jurisdictions willing to charge customers for keeping data secure. Switzerland and Luxembourg do as much for the ultra-rich. Your data are your private property. To you, they are digital gold. This trove deserves to be stored in a luxury freeport, on a USB account.
GCHQ COME TRY AND DELETE THIS JPEG!
The motion picture The Fifth Estate takes an informed, in-depth view of the internet as a political space. LOL
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SKYPE
HI! I’M AEROFLOT FLIGHT SU 150, ON THE TARMAC AT MOSCOW’S SHEREMETYEVO AIRPORT. I’M NOT FLYING TO REYKJAVÍK, AND EDWARD SNOWDEN IS NOT ON BOARD.
HELLO! I’M AN AEROFLOT BOEING 777, EN ROUTE FROM HONG KONG, CHINA, TO MOSCOW, RUSSIA. SOME PEOPLE ARE HAPPY ABOUT THAT.
HI! I’M AN AIR ASTANA BOEING 757, EN ROUTE FROM HONG KONG, CHINA, TO ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN. THERE IS NO EXTRADITION TREATY BETWEEN KAZAKHSTAN AND THE UNITED STATES.
HELLO! I’M FARICE, THE SUBMARINE CABLE CONNECTING ICELAND TO THE UNITED KINGDOM. I’M BEING WIRETAPPED BY THE BRITISH SECRET SERVICE.
Metahaven, Transparent Camouflage, WikiLeaks scarves and t-shirts, 2013. Exhibition view, Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, NYC, 2013.