In an odd mood this morning. This new Bridle essay didn’t simply move me , it made me cry. The legibility and literacy he points toward is something that I have been struggling to come to grips with over the last few years. And gaining that literacy while physically being amongst people that have no interest in gaining it grows more frustrating and maddening the more the gains become manifest.
Vigilance (1991), by Julia Scher: Representative of Scher’s elaborate involvement with security systems as both social critique and material for art. In this installation for the Centre Pompidou, she installed several black-and-white surveillance cameras in unpredictable, empty spaces in the museum. Visitors are taped, and, as they proceed through the museum, they can see their own image on monitors in other rooms. But they also see pre-taped images of other people in the same spaces performing often aggressive actions, but they are unaware that the footage had been taped earlier. They think it is live and they can become very anxious. They might see people fighting or lying naked on the floor, but they are not sure where they are or if they are in need. Potentially, a certain panic could erupt; panic propelled by the very “security” systems that are supposed to offer solace and safety.
Tatyana Murray’s sculptures and drawings refer to her experiences running off into the woods at night while she was in boarding school.