A black line is used to project the visual limit of the a two dimensional screen into the three dimensional reality, revealing the limit between surveilled and uncontrolled space. This thin line separates two areas with differentiated behavioral conducts: the space in the frame and the space out of the frame. By revealing the physical limit, the symbolic panopticon effect that the camera object projects is neutralized — The effectiveness of surveillance is cancelled once its limits become physical. Though a very simple gesture, the fuzziness of the areas that are being monitored disappears, revealing a sequence of potential spaces for transgression.
The non-site specific installation “CCTV Spotlight”aims to disassemble the cinematic/spatial aspects of video surveillance through a minimal intervention. Video cameras are used to observe a particular area and are connected to a recording device. These sequences are then monitored through a screen by security personnel and then encoded on a digital support. The installation aims not only to demonstrate the existence of more immediate components, but also involve the architectural space and highlight the complexity of the system where the user has been implicated, in most cases, without being warned.
This is a visual operation, non-site-specific, aims to be transferable to any area controlled by closed circuit television. A generic process is described and produced, providing a set of instructions to allow the installation to be reassembled in any video monitored public space.