In 2001 I made a video using still images of security cameras that I photographed while working at my job on a truck. I made the video by hooking my camera up to a TV and changing the image every 10 seconds while video taping it. I looped it for 2 hours. It was really boring and I only showed it twice, once the window of a gallery and again as an installation many years later. It was made sometime after 9/11 when nobody was allowed to videotape anything security related anymore and they had just passed the USA Act and the USA Patriot Act here in the USA. Here’s what I wrote about it for the old Associated Artists for Propaganda Research website:
Under the guises of safety and security the public unknowingly gives consent to a privately controlled government aimed at infiltrating and uncovering the dissident critics of the ruling class. Now, with the USA Act and the USA Patriot Act, new and unprecedented attacks are being waged against the population by slowly eroding civil liberties with new methods of surveillance.
In the video ENG, this otherwise linear system of control has been reordered by placing the tools of surveillance under a new and scrutinizing public eye. This new system of surveillance reassesses the role of the public in the wake of increasingly aggressive private and governmental regulations by challenging the traditional role of public passivity. ENG simulates a situation where control over surveillance is turned over to the public in order to accurately pursue the motivation behind private and government policies.
ENG (electronic news gathering) consists of eight digitally photographed surveillance cameras, scanned every 10 seconds for a period of two hours.
Here’s a composition that I put together of the 8 images and an installation shot. The installation is actually a composite that I made because the image on the TV was actually just static at the time the shot was taken.