Kohei Usuda

2003, 07:00 minutes, B&W, No dialogue


Noise is a video comprised of the footage taken from surveillance monitors at subway stations. Its primary aim , the deconstruction of the image, i acheived through two types of 'differentiation':

1) Video survellance permeates our daly existence to such an extent that its practice is unknown: surveillance had so thoroughly integrated into our everydayness that we are no longer concious of it. To re-photograph such an everyday event in all its neutral, impersonal and dehumanizing glory is to simultaneously reinterpret its impact. Or better put, to re-photograph surveillance images allows for their 'differentiation' from our otherwise existence and therefore fosters critical perception of its representation.

2) The re-photographed images of the video Noise are, besides the regular surrounding noise, accompanied b the diffused and stretched out noise of the surveillance sound (i.e. recording of the subway platforms). The resonance of this surveillance noise is also 'differentiation' in so far as it isolates a singular, irregular, and disorderly sound from the rest of the environment. The video Noise, in this sense, has neither beginning nor end: it exists as a block.

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Critical Writing

Video is being invented
by Bruce Kurtz. Arts Magazine, Jan. 1973, v. 47, no. 3.
"Video is Being Invented"
by Bruce Kurtz. Arts Magazine, Dec. 1973, v. 47, no. 3.