Location: Milsom Place
Open: 12-6pm - 1 June to 7 June
Celebrity Terrorist: A Portrait of the 21st Century
The installation revolves around the theme of portraiture. It is concerned with representation, perceived identity, public perception and self-expression. It is based around a photo-booth, where control is given up to the machine. Inside the booth, participants are confronted with an array of intimidating technology. A computer-generated voice will instruct the participant to prepare themselves for their image capture. These will then be saved and wall projected, vastly enlarged beyond their original, composite size.
It's difficult not to look at our own image, when it catches our eye from a reflection in a shop window or shows up on the video monitor in a shop or a bank. It is hoped that the piece will highlight our vulnerability and helplessness at how we are portrayed and recorded.
One Terror Byte:
A Terabyte is defined as one trillion, or 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. The presence of cameras that monitor public spaces has become ubiquitous within modern times. This piece will investigate both the increasing monitoring of society and the individual, and questions the merits and purpose of collecting such vast amounts of data. It also serves to remind people they are being watched. By the end of the experiment there will be so much information collected that no one person will be aware of it's contents. It will highlight the intensified problem of “surveillance labour” created by the vast amount of surveillance video footage generated by these systems and will examine the twin problems of visual information overload and the work of watching, analysing and deriving “usefulness” from such large amounts of data.
Two cameras with microphones will continuously record information at short intervals. One will be positioned to cover the outside of the space and will record the movements of people passing by. The other will be positioned at the entrance to the space and will be triggered as people enter. This data will be recorded onto a terabyte hard drive and assembled into a montage of sound and images that will be replayed juxtaposed with the more personal images captured in the photo-booth.