Panel Discussion: The Art of Surveillance

20.06.2015

Panel discussion with Trevor Paglen (Artist), Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther (Professor of Legal Theory, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Co-Spokesperson for the Cluster of Excellence), Franziska Nori (Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein) and Dr. Valentin Rauer (Sociologist and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Cluster of Excellence) Moderator: Rebecca Caroline Schmidt (Managing Director of the Cluster of Excellence)

The alleged necessity of modern surveillance systems, as the artist Trevor Paglen shows in his photographs, is justified by the need to defend Western values. Yet, a basic tenet of democracy is privacy. Why the already seemingly limitless surveillance has the potential to abolish the rule of law, even though it is supposed to protect it, is the subject of the panel discussion organized by the Cluster of Excellence. Trevor Paglen and the Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Franziska Nori, will participate; from the Cluster of Excellence, the participants will include Klaus Günther, its Co-Spokesperson and professor of legal theory, criminal law and criminal procedure, as well as the sociologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Cluster of Excellence, Valentin Rauer, who is researching the relationship between security culture and the development of civilian surveillance drones.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther is professor of legal theory, criminal law and criminal procedure at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Co-Spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders.” His main areas of research include philosophy of law, theory of legal discourse and theory of legal reasoning, law and literature, as well as foundational issues of criminal law. Selected publications: Der Sinn für Angemessenheit [The Claim for Adequacy] (Suhrkamp) and Schuld und kommunikative Freiheit [Crime and Communicative Freedom] (Vittorio Klostermann).

Dr. Valentin Rauer is a sociologist and a postdoctoral researcher in the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. His main areas of research include the study of security culture, digitization, migration and globalization, as well as materiality and the culture of memory in post-conflict societies. On the subject of “security,” his publications include: “Interobjektivität: Sicherheitskultur aus Sicht der Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie” [Interobjectivity: Security Culture from the Perspective of Actor-Network Theory.], in Daase, Christopher, et al. (ed.): Sicherheitskultur. Gesellschaftliche und politische Praktiken der Gefahrenabwehr [Security Culture: Social and Political Practices of Security], pp. 69-81 (Campus).

Rebecca Caroline Schmidt studied law at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and has been Managing Director of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” since the beginning of the second funding period on November 1, 2012. She has previously acted on a variety of university research projects, both in a scientific capacity and as a coordinator..

The event took place as part of the exhibition Trevor Paglen: The Octopus, June 20 to August 30, 2015 at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, in cooperation with the Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.