Away from the practical set up I have been researching into one particular aspect of my piece, which is surveillance. Wired: The Art of Surveillance looks at various works from artists who have created art from this technology which keeps watch over us. Their installations explore the question whether this is such a thing as a citizen friendly surveillance?
I focused on three installation examples:
- Target Interactive Breezeway by Cameron Mcnall and Damon Seeley
Circles of light track spectators through 18,000 LED’s and 4 stereo video cameras, which are each programmed to define the coordinates for each spectator passing through. Through a webcam installed within the space both artists can track activity direct from their studio. Damon Seeley sees their installation as “an almost unlimited opportunity for turning the tracking of people into a wonderful experience”.
- Face Time by Steve Appleton
A mirror like monitor displays real time video feed of face. The monitor stores previously captured images within a database, which is then projected to create a constantly transforming portrait gallery. Appleton provides his own take the artistic style of his piece “an almost cartoony but groovy abstraction of a figure, I’m intending that presence to be inquisitive and friendly”.
- Access Spotlight System by Marie Sester
Spectators are caught in a spotlight. Marie Sester states that “my work is not making a statement about subjection or manipulation, it intentionally stays on the edges between playful and scary to reveal the underlying perversion”.