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      Fear Filter: Visualising the UK terror threat level

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      9 - 13 July 2018

      Algorithmic image, Art, Information, Digital platforms, Fear, Networks, Photography, Security theatre, Terror, Terrorism

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          Fear Filter is a digital artwork comprising of a mobile phone photo filters application for Android / iOS platforms and a digital photo stream. The photo filters are created by gathering current and historical information about the UK Threat Level from a live feed from MI5, the UK security service. Photographs taken with the mobile application are transformed by the photo filters, each of which correspond to a different moment in time and the related Threat Level from that period. The filters cover the period 1 August 2006 until the present moment. Photos shared from the mobile application are automatically posted to a public photo stream. The artwork draws together the ubiquity of photography as a networked medium and the growing use of photo filters apps with the invisible ubiquity of the UK Threat Level. Utilising pattern recognition and algorithmic image analysis each photo filter visualises the UK Threat Level by colourising and redacting the subject of the photograph according to the severity of the Terror Threat Level. Fear Filter exploits the confluence of mobile digital photography, platforms, networks and the online security theatre of the UK Threat Level to reformulate the relationship between photography and terrorism.

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                Contributors
                Conference
                July 2018
                July 2018
                : 223-227
                Affiliations
                University of the West of England

                Bristol, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/EVA2018.43
                © Dickinson. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2018, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
                EVA
                London, UK
                9 - 13 July 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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