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Dereliction of Duty

by Stine Thiesen last modified Mar 24, 2011 12:54 PM
by Byeong Sam Jeon, 2010
However, the interesting point of this work is the fact that the camera is directed up in the prosaic sky instead of pointing down at street-level, which is the art of surveillance.

“Dereliction of Duty” is a real-time video installation using a networked security camera normally seen around streets and buildings. This artwork is made with the use of a surveillance camera named ‘SEOUL DSN6-3#2F’ as a living creator, which thinks and acts like a human being. It provides viewers with live feed of its surroundings without any kind of adjustments.

However, the interesting point of this work is the fact that the camera is directed up in the prosaic sky instead of pointing down at street-level, which is the art of surveillance.

 

The live video can be confused with a still image of the sky, as it has no exciting visual components or narratives.In addition, it provides the viewers with the ambient noise coming from the street, which is out of the camera's angle. From the perspective of one who has power and control, this kind of action of the camera might be considered as a dereliction of duty.

The ‘SEOUL DSN6-3#2F’ is as an intermediary between control and subject (or power and confinement), which attempts to escape from the constructive system of modern society by turning its head towards the sky. This symbolizes freedom.

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