KISSS The Kinship International Strategy on Surveillance and Suppression
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The KISSS summit, took place at Woodspring Priory House near Weston Super Mare, UK from the 2nd to the 5th September 2005. Like Camp David, the summit, took place in an isolated country retreat to allow for a period of development with some of the group members free from the normal constraints of every day life. It is appropriate that the venue selected for the summit, Woodspring Priory, is a suppressed church, located near a high security MOD facility by the sea.

A new piece of work- Thomas’ Head- was developed, based on our collective way of working which encompasses: finding a suppressed site, researching the site-related archive, analysing current media rhetoric, and combining improvisation with the gaze of digital media in durational performative tableaux open to the audience. Themes taken up by KISSS so far have included: the body fortress, (surveillance and suppression of the personal), media watch (media speak, subtext & information dissemination ideologies), bionic bodies/tags*onomy (electronic tagging of people, animals and commodities) and I see you see (public space surveillance).