Liquid Architecture: David Lyon – Surveillance Rules

When: Thursday 21 March 2019 at 6pm
Where: Melbourne Law School, G08, 185 Pelham St, Carlton
How much: Free
More info: Liquid Architecture

The next instalment of Liquid Architecture’s Eavesdropping program is happening on Thursday 21 March.

Professor David Lyon is Research Chair in Surveillance Studies and Professor of Sociology and of Law at Queen’s University. His recent books include The Culture of Surveillance: Watching as a Way of Life (2018) and Surveillance after Snowden (2015). He is the co-author, with Zygmunt Bauman, of Liquid Surveillance: A Conversation (2012).

Here is a taster of David on the theme of ‘Liquid Surveillance’. At the lecture, he will be speaking to this and other ideas from his new book…

‘Liquid surveillance connects surveillance with major movements within modernity. For Bauman, who popularized the notion of modern ‘liquidity’, all social forms seem subject to melting and surveillance is no exception… ‘Liquid surveillance’ is less a complete way of specifying surveillance and more an orientation, a way of situating surveillance developments in the fluid and unsettling modernity of today… Surveillance, once seemingly solid and fixed, now twists and travels at speed, seeping and spreading into many life areas where it once had only marginal sway… Such liquidity is not so much caused by new technologies of communication as intensified within new social, economic and technological configurations.’

[Main image: Archival photograph courtesy of Susan Schuppli, ‘The Missing 18 1/2 Minutes (Equipment in Court)’, 2012. Courtesy of Liquid Architecture]