Video

I am an Insect but I love you like a mammal

Tom Sherman

2018, 12:36 minutes, English

TAPECODE 366.62

Sherman confronts a police CCTV surveillance camera installed in his own backyard. How does it feel to have your neighbourhood defined as a crime zone? Does this surveillance cam make him feel safe, or the opposite? Does this direct affront to privacy have any upside? This direct attack on independent living without buffer from total surveillance is happening to everyone in this era. Where privacy is being perforated and thinned in every aspect of our lives through the surveillance economy, on-line commerce and social media for instance, it is important to examine a specific assault when it happens, such a physical intervention into our neighborhood as a psychological probe. Sherman performs reverse surveillance on this police CCTV cam and examines it as a natural organism. It looks like an insect but is touted by authorities as an extension of human caring. Sherman concludes in part that this police cam resembles an emotional support animal, a comfort mammal, a surrogate human. This video is an important muse on encroaching state surveillance as environmental degradation.

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