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Sympathy for the Devil

with Hasseb Ahmed as part of the collaborative
D.E.V.I.L. Project

Stata Center
Massachusetts Institute for Technology
Cambridge, USA


Performance Booklet



Performance Slideshow


REMOTE SENSING technology developed at MIT during the early 1950s, in such programs as SAGE, DEW and BMEW, became the backbone for surveillance systems during the Cold War. In the summer of 2009 Ahmed + Stankievech created a suite of work that explored the site of TEUFELSBERG in Berlin--an abandoned National Security Agency listening station embedded in East Germany (see Blackbird launch). Their most recent collaboration returns to MIT as a historical site and source of the original research for much of the tactical fieldwork conducted at Teufelsberg during the Cold War. By facilitating a REMOTE VIEWING session with EAPS researchers at MIT focused on the site of Teufelsberg, the flow of history is reversed. Finally, the remote viewing documents are transferred to a V2 ROCKET launched from the Stata Center amphitheater at the heart of MIT.