Essays / Notes & Observations / Opinion Piece

“We try to collect everything”: Snowden, CIA and NSA

By Simon Holberton Well before Edward Snowden lifted the veil on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance of the global internet the beans had been spilled by Ira (Gus) Hunt, Chief Technology Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In a little-noticed speech (with the honourable exception of the Huffington Post) on March 20 to an audience of executives … Continue reading

Art Review: CHTHONIC RED QUEEN, or a visit to MONA
Art Review / Essays

Art Review: CHTHONIC RED QUEEN, or a visit to MONA

By Nicholas Tolhurst David Walsh’s fabulous Museum of Old and New Art—MONA—is almost at the end of the world and literally underground.  Entering MONA itself is like embarking on a chthonic mystery rite, although the experience is more Offenbach than Orphic. Walsh has created something slightly miraculous upstream of Hobart.  MONA is a destination in … Continue reading