Tomas Percival is an artist, researcher, and writer. His work critically investigates the intersections of space and security, with a particular interest in structures of assessment, risk governance, carceral geographies, data infrastructures, and border administration. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was previously a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University and artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie. He is currently a Lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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Security Vision

Leverhulme Trust-funded Visiting Research Fellow on Security Vision (ERC project)

Date: October 2021 - October 2022
Institution: Institute of Political Science, Leiden University

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How do technologies of computer vision work in practice in the field of security, and what are their ethical and political implications? 

Vision, understood as the capacity to see and make sense of what is seen, is increasingly being delegated to autonomous computer systems, which influence how human operators determine suspicious behaviour. We currently lack an understanding of how these technologies impact governmental and private sector actors, their decision-making, and their accountability, as well as the fundamental rights of those who are targeted. This project addresses these challenges through an innovative theoretical and methodological framework that investigates the theoretical, empirical, and political implications of the development of computer vision in the field of security. In order to carry out this task, the project builds on and advances debates at the intersection of critical security studies, science and technology studies, and visual ethnographic practices.

Principal Investigator: Francesco Ragazzi.