Inspiration: Men in Gray by the Critical Engineering Group

The Men In Grey (2009-2014) was a conspiracy, applied research framework and street intervention series that sought to engender greater techno-political subjectivity among computer users as to the growing risk of mass surveillance on computer networks.

To do this, the Men In Grey deployed intervention strategies within the frame ‘DISSECT / REFLECT’, asserting that only when networked computer users are made to tangibly witness their vulnerabilities will they reach vital criticality, or a ‘healthy paranoia’.

Wireless exploits, content manipulation and total exposure were tools primary to the street interventions. Alongside, the narrative of a secret society of men in grey suits – active for many years in surveillance cells around the world – served as the frame.

The Men In Grey had public appearances throughout Europe, in Tokyo (Japan) and Lima (Peru).

 

https://criticalengineering.org/projects/men-in-grey/

Published by Hannes Andersson (Lhynkx)

Hannes Andersson is an artist, filmmaker and researcher, born in Gothenburg (Sweden) and currently based in the Netherlands where he is undertaking a MFA in Media, Art, Design and Technology at the Frank Mohr Institute, Minerva Art Academy. Hannes is co-founder of the art collective Chinos International CC, director and co-founder of the independent film group Andersson Rodriguez Films. His artistic work focuses on the relationships between humanity, technology culture and narrative.