"The Art of Surveillance", a lecture about the emerging culture of surveillance, by Dr. Aaron Santesso, Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech.

Friday November 20th, 2009 at 3.00PM
At the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery [ 310 N Boulevard, 33606 ]
The University of Tampa,
College of Arts and Letters

Open to everyone, no cover.

The idea that we live in a "surveillance society" is by now a familiar one: we are watched, tracked and recorded at all hours of the day (or so we are told). Is it possible, though, that surveillance might inspire as well as repress? Must art and other forms of cultural work dedicate themselves to denouncing surveillance technology, or can they embrace it? This lecture will talk about the emerging culture of surveillance, and particularly the way in which CCTV cameras are being used as both instrument and concern of a new field of art.

Dr. Aaron Santesso, Ph.D, is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communications and Culture at Georgia Tech. His first book, A Careful Longing: The Poetics and Problems of Nostalgia, examines how our understanding of nostalgia has changed over the past two hundred years. He has published numerous articles and co-edited three books, most recently a collection on satire from Cambridge University Press. His current project, which he is co-writing with Professor David Rosen (Trinity College), is a study of the connections between surveillance and literature. Before coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Santesso taught at Yale University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Nevada.

This lecture is possible thanks to a generous grant from the University of Tampa Alumni Association


The Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media Art and Technology (EMAT) degree is offered as an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in art, communication, information and technology management, music and writing. The program emphasizes design and production for interactivity and Web-based products for both commercial and artistic intent. After taking core courses, EMAT majors may choose electives such as Web Design, Interactive Media Development, Animation, Advertising, Digital Arts, Video Production, Electronic Music, Computer Programming, Digital Photography, Digital Filmmaking, Writing for Interactive Media and New Media History and Theory.