Cristina Ricupero Workshop | Spy Games

Polygraph, 2011, Noam Toran, Photo: Raphaelle Mueller.

Who has not fantasized about becoming a spy?

James Bond, Mata Hari, George Smiley…

Considered one of the oldest activities in the world, espionage has evolved throughout time along with the development of new technologies.

Espionage is a source of inspiration for artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians. The challenge here is to invent your own ‘art of espionage’.

Become a spy, the engineer or even a graphic designer working for your spy ring.

If you accept this mission, you will have to invent, at your choice:
-a coded language (cryptography)
-a tool or machine to register and gather information
-costumes to stay anonymous (camouflage)
-games to play collectively
-anonymous visitor cards
-journals, etc.

These can be prototypes or models and you can choose your own tools, you can work on 2D or 3D, work by hand or on the computer, make films on your I-phone or a sound piece, etc.


Wednesday, September 27th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Introduction to the basic notion of espionage, definitions and main characteristics through various examples and illustrations (CIA, NSA, MI5, MI6, KGB, Gestapo, images film posters, TV series and book covers). Plus film viewings and discussion.


Thursday, September 28th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Follow up to the first day with a special focus on contemporary times. If in the past, national governments have spied on individuals, today with Wikileaks this trend seems to have been reversed as private individuals are capable of revealing governmental secrets. The desire for transparency seems to have replaced the secret. Includes film viewing of Citizenfour, about Edward Snowden, as well as discussion and group set up for project.


Friday, September 29th from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Research and elaboration of projects by each group, plus final group presentations.


Questions? Contact ACT’s Senior Communications and Public Programs Assistant, Marissa Friedman at email hidden; JavaScript is required