Shadows of the State
2 February 2015

Shadows of the State
(2015 – 2018)

The Cold War ended in 1991, but it’s echoes are still heard today. Numbers stations are mysterious broadcasts of coded messages intended for undercover intelligence agents in enemy states, one such echo of the past.

Shadows of the State adapts open source investigation, signals analysis, and satellite image interpretation techniques in order to research these mysterious signals and to locate thirty of their clandestine transmitters, scattered across the globe from Russia to Liberia, Cyprus to South Korea. These sites are then mapped using high resolution satellite imagery and the signals themselves are made visible to in the form of radio spectrograms alongside recordings and extensive information about each station.

Shadows of the State is partly about the possibility of turning the practices 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.

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