Timo Arnall, Robot Readable World (2012) (photo: Timo Arnall)
Dutch art magazine Kunstbeeld has recognised Dread - Fear in the age of technological acceleration asBest Group Show of 2013. Museum De Hallen Haarlem, where Dread took place from 6 September until 24 November, has won the prize for Best Museum of 2013.
Our sincerest gratitude to the artists, the visitors and the museum for this achievement.
"Is that the light of God, or of the CIA?" NRC gives Dread 4 out of 5.
The world has become a battlefield—a stage for extralegal renditions, indefinite detentions without trial, drone assassination programs and cyberwarfare. We have entered an era of secret laws, classified interpretations of laws and the retroactive “legalization” of classified programs that were clearly illegal when they began. Funding for the secret parts of the state comes from a “black budget” hidden from Congress—not to mention the people—that now tops $100 billion annually. Finally, to ensure that only government-approved “leaks” appear in the media, the Terror State has waged an unprecedented war on whistleblowers, leakers and journalists. All of these state programs and capacities would have been considered aberrant only a short time ago. Now, they are the norm.
"‘Dread’ zit terloops in elkaar, met ruimte voor weidse interpretaties. Naast de kunst is er ook muziek, van die experimentele noise op spotify, en optredens gedurende de expositieduur. En je kan het bij de expositie verschenen boek ‘Dread. The Dizziness of Freedom’ kopen, waarin filosofen en sciencefictionschrijvers het visuele van de tentoonstelling in woord en gedachte voeden met hun vrezen vol van hoopvolle verwachting. Er is geen sprake van een zwartgallige eenzijdige blik op ons bestaan, wel van een intelligente ontdekkingstocht naar de prachtige mogelijkheden van de technologie die verschrikkelijke kanten kent.” - Machteld Leij, HART.
A very kind review of Dread in Belgian art magazine HART.
The inexplicability of horror is equaled by the horror of inexplicability.
In trying to understand conspiracy theorists, I used to think that what conspiracy theorists were really doing on some level was grieving, their fantasies a form of displaced love for JFK, but I’ve come to think the love involved is mostly self-love, their self-congratulatory assertion of superiority over mere facts. By the way, yes, I do believe there were some real conspiracies in history—Julius Caesar’s assassination for instance—I just think they need to be proven, fact by fact, not by fantasy and supposition.
De Amerikaanse overheid cultiveert opzettelijk een klimaat van angst. Zij willen dat iedereen die het lef heeft de VS uit te dagen of te trotseren weet dat de VS geen grens kennen in wat ze daartegen kunnen ondernemen. Daarom bouwden ze Guantánamo Bay, kidnappen en martelen ze mensen en bombarderen ze iedereen die ze willen. Daarom vervolgt de regering van Obama de bronnen die lekken aan media agressiever dan enige Amerikaanse president in de geschiedenis. Hun boodschap: als je je tegen ons verzet, zullen we je vernietigen.
New York State, failing to keep pace with technological change and increasingly sophisticated economic crimes, needs to update its laws to help authorities prosecute white-collar wrongdoing, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
In the 112-page report, a white-collar crime task force made a number of proposals, including strengthening the laws against identity theft and the stealing of computer code.
New York’s penal laws have changed little since 1965, Mr. Vance said, leaving laws against electronic crimes outmoded. Mr. Vance and federal prosecutors in Manhattan have made the prosecution of corporate espionage and high-tech theft a top priority.
“The Internet has become our 21st-century crime scene,” Mr. Vance said at the Center for the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University, where he unveiled the report. “Serious computer and related crimes are not today treated according to the gravity and breadth of the harm caused.”
About 1.6 trillion photos are taken annually with devices like smartphones and digital cameras, compared with about 100 billion a year in 2000, according to Fujifilm. There are now more than 16 billion photos on Instagram, 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook daily and 100 hours of video are posted onto YouTube every minute. Expect more: Google Glass shoots photos with a simple voice command, the wearable “Autographer” sold in Europe uses a built-in computer to snap photos on its own and the Swedish company Memoto is selling a camera that automatically takes a photograph every 30 seconds—complete with a smartphone app that allows users to share the results.
"This is a show predicated on dread, on the notion that things are going to go terribly, terribly wrong. And every Sunday, we slow down to rubberneck at the slow-motion accident that is Walter White, and find out exactly how it’s going to happen. Breaking Bad has always been the backstory of a tragedy, and there’s always been a wall waiting at the end of this ride: cancer, a bullet, or simply the series finale.”
Dread is the post-9/11, post-PRISM, beyond the beyond human condition.