Joanne McNeil is a writer interested in the ways that technology is shaping art, politics, and society. She was a digital arts writing fellow at the Thomas Art Foundation and an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam. She is currently writing a book about internet culture.
Listening to a Face
“The truth is written all over our faces” was a tagline for Lie to Me, a procedural drama on network television several years ago.
The Windshield and the Screen
"A Google Street View car in Los Angeles once captured a picture of Leonard Cohen. It happened a couple of years before he died. He was sitting with an acquaintance on lawn chairs outside his modest home in the Mid-Wilshire neighbourhood. The driver was an accidental paparazzi. Cohen didn’t even notice him. (...)
Google Street View isn’t photography as aesthetic representation, but the production of leftovers that happen to be images. These images are the husk — the dead skin of a surveillance charade. This archive can be fascinating and even useful to spectators—the users of it. But this data created and cleaned at scale is a source of Google’s power"...