Installation, procession and urban walk on the materiality of CCTV cameras. Inspired by science fiction scenography and concepts of solidarity, infrastructural literacy and symbolism within “societies of control“ (Burroughs, 1978; Deleuze, 1995, 1990).
The piece is composed of a large-scale model of a CCTV camera made from recycled cardboard, with accompanying bird spikes.
On the 3rd January 2016 the CCTV camera positioned at the intersection of Autoroute 40 and Boulevard des Sources, in the West Island of Montreal, Quebec captured a stunning image of a snowy owl in mid-air flight. Four days later on January 7th the images were tweeted by Quebec’s Transport Minister Robert Poëti and went viral, turning the snowy owl into an “Internet star”.
Accompanying the installation, the public are invited to take part in a procession, composed of handheld CCTV camera models, with a tour to local CCTV sites, where the history of CCTV roll out in urban spaces, is provided. At the end of the procession the paper cameras are set alight in a ceremonial fashion.
Recycled cardboard, wood, glue, tape, CCTV digital print, black veneer frame, black vinyl lettering, sticks, CCTV city walk, fire
Peacock Visual Arts Centre, Aberdeen with support from Festival of Architecture Scotland, 2016 and Seventeen Gallery, Aberdeen
Exhibition opening: Thur, 5th May, 2016, 18.00, Seventeen Gallery, 17 Belmont St, Aberdeen AB10 1JR. CCTV Procession: Sat, 7th May, 20.00 from Peacock Visual Arts Centre, 21 Castle St, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ to Aberdeen beach for ceremonial burning.
Model: Jana Barthel
Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification of the Quebec Government
Futherfield Review: here
Image credits: Fraser Denholm and Yvi Philipp