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Fear filter: Visualising the UK terror threat level

Dickinson, R

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Rod Dickinson
Senior Lecturer in Digital Media


Fear Filter is a digital artwork comprising of a mobile phone photo filters application for Android / iOS platforms and a digital photo stream. The photo filters are created by gathering current and historical information about the UK Threat Level from a live feed from MI5, the UK security service. Photographs taken with the mobile application are transformed by the photo filters, each of which correspond to a different moment in time and the related Threat Level from that period. The filters cover the period 1 August 2006 until the present moment. Photos shared from the mobile application are automatically posted to a public photo stream.

Fear Filter exploits the confluence of mobile digital photography, platforms, networks and the online security theatre of the UK Threat Level to reformulate the relationship between photography and terrorism.


Dickinson, R. (2018). Fear filter: Visualising the UK terror threat level.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 10, 2018
Publication Date Jul 13, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 7, 2018
Journal Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2018)
Print ISSN 1477-9358
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 223-227
Keywords art, contemporary art, media art, terror, terrorism, fear, data, live data, computational media
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here:


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