Michael Fry a Professor and a cyber security expert has cautioned people assisting the cyber group Anonymous with their operation ‘Payback’, in their use of the software called the Low Orbit Ion Cannon LOIC to attack and bring down the Visa Mastercard and Paypal websites, are getting involved in a guerrilla warfare where their identities are easily traced if not covered up. The LOIC inundates the target server with huge numbers of requests for data which in turn effectively shuts down the websites ability to respond. Fry claims the people who took part are becoming commodities who could have broken laws about abuse of computer facilities, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to establish evidence they were knowingly doing so.

Inspired by Timothy McDonald at ABC news http://ow.ly/3rrXk

Political Arts | Ian Bunn Visual Artist

My digital art work is essentially politics and art. It’s about iconic people, places and events of our day.  Recorded visually through daily compilations of manipulated digital images, posted online and disseminated via online media and social networks. The works are diaristic in nature that metaphorically record a spectator’s experience of the contemporary digital age.  The resulting work intentionally has a painterly aesthetic acknowledging my historical painting practice.

Adapting Pop Art’s notion of mass media imagery into a context of the contemporary digital age, the work draws on a myriad points of reference. Utilizing fractured images to provide an allusion to the digital noise pounding away daily into our sub consciousness.  The work is essentially popular culture arts, diverging from the traditional Pop Art notion of a pronounced repetition of a consumer icon, instead this work focuses on the deluge of contemporary digital content. The compilation of the fragmented imagery is vividly distractive, not unlike cable surfing or a jaunt through Times Square.

This digital photo manipulation art work is premised on the basis that Pop art in its beginnings, freeze-framed what consumers of popular culture experienced into iconic visual abstractions. With the advent of the techno age, visual information circulates in such quantities, so rapidly and exponentially, that to comprehend a fraction of it all becomes a kind of production process in itself.  Hence this work considers fragmented elements of Popular Culture through an artistic and conceptual exploration of specific people and events of the day.