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The third in a trilogy of videos about the physicality of the internet. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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The third in a trilogy of videos about the physicality of the internet.

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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Field Visits for Bradley Manning is a travelogue based on the places where Manning was detained. It takes place in Kuwait, Virginia, Kansas, and Maryland.

Despite the title, Field Visits is not a straight-up documentary about Bradley Manning. Instead, the video explores the peripheral histories and landscapes of the surrounding areas. The case of Manning and the fight for open information become one tile in a larger mosaic of an internet impatient to assume the world. 

The essay video covers a range of topics, such as the history of fingerprinting, the buffalo soldier, Dilmunite and Greek settlements in the Gulf, a geological formation called tar-crete, the National Cryptographic Museum, and the life of a village surrounded by a military installation.

Keep scrolling to watch the first two videos and check out pictures of the swag.

A Video and an E-Book

In addition to a video, Field Visits will be distributed as an e-book, commissioned by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery for their Klaus_ebooks series.

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On Bradley Manning

In May 2010, Bradley Manning was arrested and detained at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on suspicion of releasing classified military documents to Wikileaks, thereby indirectly aiding an enemy. Two months later, he was moved to Quantico, Virginia, “crossroads of the Marine corps” and home of the FBI training academy.

In the words of UN torture expert, Juan Mendez, “Manning was subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment in the excessive and prolonged isolation” during his nine months at Quantico.

Though the last four years have seen more cases against whistle-blowers than ever before, Bradley Manning’s case is unique, not only because he was tortured, but because the case may set precedents for future cases of indirectly aiding an enemy by posting, publishing, or sharing information that may or may not be seen by confirmed or unconfirmed enemies of the state.

The chilling of free speech pervades even the most pedestrian levels of government. During production for Views of a Former Verizon Building the NYPD forbid filming the Brooklyn Bridge from Gold Street. An officer said the landmark cannot be filmed because it may be seen by “the wrong people.”

Small erosions such as this, and larger ones like the corporate-government crackdown of Occupy Wall Street, the persecution of activist Aaron Swartz, and the continuing grand jury of Wikileaks show to what levels the cancer of paranoia has spread.

Other Ways You Can Help

An easy way to get involved is to like the project on Facebook and to share  with your friends on Twitter or email.

I'm also still in the research phase. So if you know someone from one of the locations who might be interested in helping, let me know. I'll be looking for places to crash, cars to borrow, and interesting sites to visit.

And finally, I'm always looking for places to screen one or all three videos.

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A Tour of the AC-1 Transatlantic Submarine Cable

For A Tour of the AC-1 Transatlantic Submarine Cable I followed a telecom cable loop that connects the US, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. Through historical, political, and cultural digressions, A Tour situates the locus of the internet as existing between two disparate sites: the spectator’s screen and the physical infrastructure.

Watch the video here.

Views of a Former Verizon Building

Views of a Former Verizon Building focuses on a downtown Manhattan data center. Possibly the most public places in the world, with social interactions flowing through them at rates not possible in non-digital life, data centers themselves are privately owned, highly secure panopticons. The video follows the trail of the data center as it takes root throughout the district of Civic Center, in a proliferation of checkpoints and cameras.

Watch the video here.

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Swag

$100 or $150
USB Drive with One or All Three Videos on It

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$499 or $1,199
Limited Edition Hard Drive with One or All Three Videos in HD

(While supplies last. Hard drives may vary.)
(While supplies last. Hard drives may vary.)

$999
Untitled (Vandalized Painting)

Choose one from the series (http://lancewakeling.com/work/3817)
Choose one from the series (http://lancewakeling.com/work/3817)

$749
Five Printed Issues of Private Circulation

Only printed copies in existence! (Or get them all for free!!! http://lancewakeling.com/work/3816)
Only printed copies in existence! (Or get them all for free!!! http://lancewakeling.com/work/3816)

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Risks and challenges

The estimated deadline is the summer of 2014. Unanticipated travel delays could effect post-production.

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