video | b&W | 0’36’’ | 2004
Inspired by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four’s increasingly significant vision of a world of uninterrupted visibility. A world where a citizen’s private life reverts to a public status whenever it acquires a considerable importance, or when it is voluntary brought forth to the public sphere, becoming visible via television’s reality shows, where we can see a possible model of the outside world of video surveillance.
As Susan Sontag explains in On Photography, “To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having a Knowledge of them they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed“. This is an idea that can be transposed from the realm of photography to that of video camera, in its continuous invasion of privacy.