Reverse Extraction

Performance, composition, installation / 2022
Electromagnetic pickup, synthesiser, iPhone, smart watch, CCTV, labtop

Reverse Extraction challenges the asymmetric relationship between humans and digital surveillance technologies. The work utilizes electromagnetic pickups to hack into a set of electronic monitoring devices and play them as instruments. During the performance, the data is extracted from the digital monitoring devices, processed, and arranged as a sound composition. In this way, humans can treat the devices in the same way that they treat us. Therefore, Reverse Extraction disrupts the unidirectional relationship between the surveiller (digital devices) and the surveilled (us).

Reverse Extraction was developed in response to the age of the digital panopticon. The increasing prevalence of smart technologies in our lives has led to a pervasive culture of surveillance. Despite the seeming ubiquity of these technologies, Reverse Extraction proceeds to artistically imagine the symbiotic relationship between us humans and digital surveillance.