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“Watching” by Art Nomura

Although VAD didn’t have The Program this year there was an instillation at the festival this year.

Watching (2011) Watching is a single channel installation that compels reflection on the relationship between the ‘watched’ and the ‘watcher’. In a world rife with transmitted images, the mundane and catastrophic vie for our attention. The constant deluge de-sensitizes until the hierarchy of importance disintegrates. Is it possible to reclaim the discernment necessary for a conscious existence? Or are we doomed to passively and unconsciously consume whatever images appear before us? From computer-assisted surveillance to traffic cams, to global disaster coverage, the simple pleasure of people watching has morphed beyond innocence into an activity designed to monitor, control, de-sensitize, and suppress.Utilizing a combination of pre-recorded and live imagery, Watching summarizes reality through the use of nine (9) simultaneous video streams. The sound design for Watching was created by Rodger Pardee. Watching (2011) Watching is a single channel installation that compels reflection on the relationship between the ‘watched’ and the ‘watcher’. In a world rife with transmitted images, the mundane and catastrophic vie for our attention. The constant deluge de-sensitizes until the hierarchy of importance disintegrates. Is it possible to reclaim the discernment necessary for a conscious existence? Or are we doomed to passively and unconsciously consume whatever images appear before us? From computer-assisted surveillance to traffic cams, to global disaster coverage, the simple pleasure of people watching has morphed beyond innocence into an activity designed to monitor, control, de-sensitize, and suppress.Utilizing a combination of pre-recorded and live imagery, Watching summarizes reality through the use of nine (9) simultaneous video streams. The sound design for Watching was created by Rodger Pardee.


Listen to more experiments in Surveillance on KERA’s studio 360

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