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Jill Magid: Evidence Locker, Lobby 7

Stills from Evidence Locker, 2004

"Evidence Locker" 2004.

She walks thru the street in her own performance, walks with a shopping cart with a TV showing images of nearby spaces. She has an antenna that creates a "video sniffer" to pick up nearby signals. She tries to make public the private CCTV screens. There is an interplay between fragmented private spaces and public spaces illustrated thru walking. She is dressed as a homeless woman and takes on a role as a vagabond inhabits spaces improperly.

Michelle's piece is not so graceful but more literal here. Her public performance is very admirable here. I'm not sure why she takes on the persona of a homeless person with all of her works, it makes sense for homeless woman to push carts, and she is also talking about being a nomad, but perhaps it is an unnecessary part of the piece.

Stills from Lobby 7, 1994

"Lobby 7" 1999.

She took over information on the public monitor in the MIT entrance lobby. She placed a camera underneath her clothes and displayed as many images of her body on screen as she could by moving the camera underneath her clothes.

These are surveillance interventions- a vein of thought with women making comments on surveillance systems. There is a gentle nature with these actions, working within the systems. They give the work a sort of a gracefulness when talking about this subject of being surveilled all the time.

Fall07MCM1700M:powerpoint presentation(on Jill Magid and Michelle Teran)

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