KairUs is a collective of two artists Linda Kronman (Finland) and Andreas Zingerle (Austria). Currently based in Bergen (Norway), they explore topics such as vulnerabilities in IoT devices, corporatization of city governance in Smart Cities and citizen sensitive projects in which technology is used to reclaim control of our living environments. Their practice based research is closely intertwined with their artistic production, adopting methodologies used by anthropologists and sociologist, their artworks are often informed by archival research, participation observations and field research. Besides the artworks they publish academic research papers and open access publications to contextualize their artworks to wider discourses such as data privacy & security, activism & hacking culture, disruptive art practices, electronic waste and materiality of the internet.
This talk takes a closer look on newtown 'smart cities' and the role of its citizens in Middle East and East Asia. The artistic research is presented in form of a multichannel video installation, decoding the visual and rhetorical language of “smartness”.
Automated surveillance and new machine vision techniques are developed to spot anomaly actions. The artwork “Suspicious Behavior” shows a world of hidden human labour, which builds the foundation of how ‘intelligent’ computer vision systems interpret our actions.