Industrial Track - Series

John Watt

1985, 88:48 minutes, colour, English


A video series designed and constructed around existing electronically controlled surveillance systems and their controllers. The viewer is given both an intimate and distanced perspective of electronic control and its aesthetics for surveillance personnel. Watt uses visual editing and industrial sound layering to heighten the reality of a number of, at times, unsympathetic environments.

Watt, who's work with closed circuit video and surveillance systems was reviewed by Slavko Kacunko author of Spiegel. Medium. Kunst (Fink. 2010), Closed Circuit Videoinstallationen is described as a "milestone in the history of media art" and "the pivotal source book for decades to come".

Industrial Track - Series includes:

Surveillance on the Welland Canal, 1985, 25:00 minutes
National Company, 1982, 6:10 minutes
Remember Scannex Man, 1982, 2:28 minutes
Sequence Squelch, 1982, 6:15 minutes
Meshes Together, 1982, 10:52 minutes
Bell Canada Construction Surveillance, 1982, 13:28 minutes
TTC Road Crew, 1982, 9:00 minutes
Underground Video, 1982, 9:28 minutes
Scannex Man, 1981, 6:15 minutes

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