Public Measures for the Private Person
For my final, I will explore the modern-day obsession with self-portraiture and, most importantly, video surveillance through portraiture — which exceeds measures of safety to the realms of political espionage and voyeurism.
I imagine making a structural installation using exposed monitors, LCD screens, and/or vintage televisions.
Surveillance cameras will be planted in unnoticeable places all around this arena.
The cameras will relay UNSETTLING and DRAMATIC images: the user and his/her profile, his/her ear or the nape of their neck, his/her shifting, wandering eyes in close-up, forehead, or scalp, his/her crotch area, his/her peers interacting with the space around the room.
The installation arena will be BARREN; a blank, raw space is the only proper way to view these untainted images. The experience will be unfiltered and, indubitably, uncomfortable for the user. It will be raw and unavoidable: the user must accept his/her portrait, the inevitability that no matter what he/she does… he or she will be watched.