Marie Sester: »ACCESS«
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»ACCESS« is a public art installation that applies web, computer, sound and lighting technologies in which web users track individuals in public spaces with a robotic spotlight and an acoustic beam system. The robotic spotlight automatically follows the tracked individuals while the acoustic beam projects audio that only they can hear clearly. The tracked individuals do not know who is tracking them or why they are being tracked, nor are they aware of being nearly the only persons among the public for whom the sound is clearly intelligible. The web users do not know that their actions trigger sound towards the target. In effect, both the tracker and the tracked are in a paradoxical communication loop.
The content of »ACCESS« calls for awareness of the implications of surveillance, detection, celebrity, and their impact on society. The structure of “ACCESS” is intentionally ambiguous, revealing the obsession/fascination for control, visibility, and vigilance: scary or fun.
»ACCESS« was primarily influenced by the beauty of the surveillance representations (x-rayed bodies, luggage or vehicles, 3D laser scans, satellite reconnaissance imagery, etc.), the invisibility of the collected data, and the power generated by means of surveillance practices.
Co-production: Marie Sester and ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany
Realization and development 2005: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media
Application software and video tracking: André Bernhardt
The work is part of ZKM's collection and permanently installed in the lobby of the ZKM.
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