Born Under Surveillance

Paul Wong and Chris MacKenzie

1999, 01:30 minutes, colour, English


A simple collaboration of the old and new, fifty words from a text on video art are digitally produced in chronological, alphabetical and reverse orders in black and white, negative and Red Green Blue. The voices are made using text to speech software.

The text is from an essay written by Paul Wong as an introduction to Born Under Surveillance, a 25th anniversary exhibition for Video In Studio. Paul is a founder and Chris is a technical associate at this prominent electronic art centre.

Chris Mackenzie is a recent graduate of the Emily Carr College of Art.
This collaboration was made during the one year period he was working as tech at Video In Studio. He is currently working as an editor at Discovery Channel in Vancouver.

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Critical Writing

Smash: Reflecting Sex: Video Clips 1976-2002
by Winston Xin. Art Star 3 Video Biennal, 2007. Ottawa: Galerie SAW Gallery, 2007.
Tranz<->Tech 1999 Catalogue
Toronto: Vtape, 1999.
Canadian Currents
Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.