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Not So Frequently Asked Questions

Not So Frequently Asked Questions

While we were creating From Below, these questions were on our minds, which we also shared with the directors selected for this series.

★ What would happen if image or sound were to disappear?

★ Does the abundance of recording tools in the public space create a wrong impression on the impossibility of being ‘off the record’? How can we make ‘off the frame’ more visible?

★ What is image or sound manipulation? How is it different from ‘montage’?

★ What are the accessible and inaccessible visual content via web? What kind of images can we trace and how do we trace them?

★ What and who are the state surveillance records and constantly collected personal data used for?

★ What are some of the strategies that social movements developed against ‘surveillance from above’ and can these strategies be employed by masses?

★ Do the differences between quality / resolution of images recorded and distributed by various tools point at something?

★ How do we distinguish between private and public, where does one end and the other starts?

★ Can anyone record and share anything as they wish? What are the ethical boundaries of recording, especially at protests?

★ While standing against ‘surveillance from above’, does taking advantage of surveillance recordings in police violence cases imply a contradiction?

★ Are there moments where a camera should stop recording? How do one prioritize between recording and stopping the record to get involved in action/protest? How and where should we look for ethical discussions around such issues?

★ Does the pandemic legitimize surveillance from above?

★ Do the recording and digital distribution of images produced ‘from below’ enable more ‘surveillance from above’ via state apparatus? How can we deal with this dilemma?

★ How can we (or can we) recreate the position of witness in cases of disposal and/or confiscation of personal or grassroots archives?

The image above is taken from Goldsmiths University’s research facility Forensic Architecture’s (FA) video on the murder of Tahir Elçi.