Photo is courtesy of Artist Annina Rüst.

Annina Rüst

Having Fun with (Internet) Surveillance – At Least!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 6-8 pm

Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Bldg Experimental Media Lab #401
UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

Internet surveillance is complicated! Digital pessimists tell us that surveillance is always negative, because it violates our right to privacy, free speech, etc. And yes it does (no need for the pitchforks to be raised)! However, there are a lot of gray zones and relationships to consider and fun to be had with surveillance. “Having Fun with Surveillance – At Least!” is part presentation part workshop: I will show some projects and then we will build modifications of a very simple hardware against (laptop) webcam spying.


Annina Rüst produces electronic objects and software art. Her projects happen at the intersection of activism, algorithm, data, electricity, humor, politics, and pop culture. If this is too vague for you, you can find some examples here: Annina Rüst's projects have been shown internationally in galleries, museums, and festivals such as Zero1 Biennial and ISEA. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Wired and the New York Times Magazine. In 2014, she received an Art+Technology Lab grant from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She has a Diploma from the University of the Arts in Zürich, an MFA in Visual Art from UCSD, as well as a MS in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab. She is Assistant Professor of Computer Art in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University.

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