Contradictory-Adverse-Diametric-Antithetical-Reverse-Countersurveillance

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Adverse-Contradictory-Adverse-Contradictory-Antithetical-Reverse-Countersurveillance is a statement about surveillance and countersurveillance initially in films, but also in reality. With regard to Hollywood cinema, The Score and The Inside Man tell stories of elaborate hoaxes that are greatly rewarded upon accomplishment. The thieves use sophisticated and clever devices to dupe whatever surveillance they come across (cameras, audio, guards, etc.)

As one enters the exhibit, the viewer's position is that of a security officer who is charged with the watching of several moniters in front of him or her. The protagonists in these movies (displayed on screen) are trying to counter the surveillance so that they can achieve some goal. But originally having these movies made for mass viewing by the directors effectively nullifies the "success" of any countersurveillance that the characters are trying to achieve; the audience sees and surveils every action the characters make. The role of security officer in the exhibit simply amplifies the futility of the protagonists in the films.

However, the title of the artwork suggests that there are many other layers to surveillance and countersurveillance. In reality, one may not even realize that they are being surveilled, believing that they are safe from prying eyes. Even with something as innocent as stepping into a convenience store, as soon one enters the building, a camera will be recording his or her every move. The emphasis for this project is on the difficulty of countersurveillance and the ease of surveillance itself in today's technological day and age. As the viewer enters the exhibition and sits at the table with the "security" screens, he or she is at first unaware of the camera in the back of the exhibit, watching and displaying on its computer what is currently happening in that room. But as others turn to view this new form of surveillance after realization, the artist is taking photographs of the whole process for later documentation. The pictures will eventually be posted on the internet, allowing anyone around the world with web access to view the work. This exhibit is a physical representation of the ease of surveillance today, and how quickly information can become accessible to anyone with a computer.


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