Security and Surveillance:

Protesting for Environment

Online Residency Pogram

Satellite 2023
Security and Surveillance: Protesting for Environment

An Environment is defined here in its capacity to sustain life without further damage. Environments are both man-made and natural, but the current state of the world cannot afford more harm to the existing order of things. Today, even if a man-made environment is under threat of further construction that harms the lives of farms, people, wild and domesticated animals, streams, rivers, oceans, indigenous populations, cities, it is only moral to protest.

There are many small, regional protests around the world that are at war against corporate firms and corporate governance, that, under the guise of leadership and democracy assume development is only concrete and steel, whereas development should mean embracing alternate ways of living in harmony with technology, people and the natural world.

Protesting for Environment focuses on the different ways that people around the world have been resisting the destruction to the environment or their sustainable small scale settlements. There are major protests such as blocking of highways by Just Stop Oil, political and media  protests such as the campaign by Greta Thunberg or judicial routes taken such as those by the farmers in Pakistan against a newly planned city. Protesting for Environment might mean coming up with alternate scenarios, even by bringing attention to an injustice being done by regional authorities. In the end, we are aiming to highlight, solve and think about designs and  communications that focus on protection and protest in favor of true sustainability.

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Participants of Satellite 2023:
Bona Chun︎, Johnny Chen︎, Kio Zhu︎, Twee Whistler︎

Satellite project is an international online residency program  connected by creators from different cities and nations virtually. In a three-month-long residency workshop, participants will go through reading-discussions and work-in-progress sessions. Apart from the workshop, we have guest speaker lectures and guest panel peer reviews. The past edition has been featured on e-flux, IDSA, Taiwan Architect Magazine, and more. Feel free to contact us via email for any questions!

Security and Surveillance

Creators from all over the world, each with a unique political background, have come together to understand their local politics and local design. Satellite 2022 specifically seeks to critique organized security and informational surveillance in our communities. The 21st century world has a very different idea about what security means, who it is provided by and why ‘safety’ has become more and more convoluted than it was ever meant to be. Security is about trust, and there is very little of it left in organized armed forces provided by States. The idea of security, surveillance and the right to self-determination have become deeply and dangerously embroiled with economic politics of the world. The need for safety has also expanded to virtual space and we have barely begun to understand what those two words in conjunction will mean.

For Satellite 2022, participants from the United States, Pakistan, Taiwan, Italy, China, and Kashmir are focusing on their regional and communal politics.


Cinzia Bongino

#ArtificialSatellites #SpaceInfrastructure #RemoteSensing

Hailing Liu

#SocialCommentary #GraphicNovelInDevelopment #ThisIsAStoryHappensinChina #SportGamesMascot #OverworkingCommuter

Musa Ghaznavi

#Newspaper #Migration #Media #Mâché

Rahma Shahid

#Landgrabbing #Military #RiverCity #AgriculturalLand #Security

Rio Chen

#Communication #Misinformation #FakeNews

Sidra Khawaja

#Decolonization #Kashmir #Conflict


#CivilDisobedience #PublicPowerEndowedByThePeople #Authority #UnsettledGround