Surveillance Projects

by Maria-Luiza Alecsandru

The camera or more precisely the eye behind it, assumes its need for voyeurism and simultaneously, the need to control the surrounding reality. As how else could we define public surveillance if not as a mixture of voyeurism and control? The photo camera present here, undermines each time its own function, first of all because of the location that the voyeur will chose for the survey, and which makes him, just as well, an easy target for a real surveillance system or for another voyeur.
The concept of cctv is also undermined through the futility of the final action. The voyeur behind the camera always needs to self-deconspire in the end, as someone playing a practical joke in a series of images from “candid camera” and showing at the end from behind the camera.
Tags agitprop, city, digital, political, public space, series, subversive
Technique Photography

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