Shadows of the State
(2015 – 2018)
Intelligence gathering seems like a distant world, but traces of it surround us all, every hour of every day.
Numbers stations are mysterious broadcasts of coded messages intended for undercover intelligence agents in enemy states. Shadows of the State adapts open source research and satellite image interpretation in order to investigate these broadcasts and to locate the transmitters for thirty of these stations, from Russia to Libera, Cyprus to South Korea. The book presents detailed information about each station, including satellite maps, radio spectrograms, and scanable barcodes which reveal recordings of their transmissions.
Shadows of the State is partly about the possibility of turning the methodologies and technologies of espionage back against their users, and in doing so bringing some light and accountability to a world which exists in stark contrast to these things. But it is also about the difficulties of exploring a topic where certainty is almost impossible to come by, and where paranoia, conspiracy and misinformation collide constantly with objective fact.
Shortlisted for the LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2015, the Bar Tur Book Award 2015, Self-Publish Riga Dummy Award 2016 and the LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award 2016.
Featured in The SW-ling Post, Urbanautica, Loupe Magazine, RadioUser Magazine, War on the Rocks, Shortwave Listening Post, Numbers-Stations.com, Smith Journal, BBC Website, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, The Today Program, Radio World, ARRL, The British Journal of Photography, Co.Design, Bird in Flight Magazine, Gigazine, Fastcompany.com, Wired, Vice, Sign of the Times, Wallpaper Mag, Huck Magazine, The Monocrief Show, GUP Magazine, The Week, Featureshoot, and The Daily Telegraph.