孙一桐，张子琪 SUN Yitong, ZHANG Ziqi
The project consists of two parts. The first part, monitors with facial/motion recognition program set beside the selected artworks exhibited in the Biennale, is for detecting and catching the exact “offender” who did the “inactive” actions according to the ”regulation” (actions indicating an uninterested attitude towards the artwork). The second part, a darkroom located somewhere in the venue, is for displaying the images of the “offenders” of that day. Only when the audiences find the darkroom, can they realize the existence of the surveillance system.
The “inactive” action that will be caught switches randomly every day. It could be yawning, distracting from the artwork (by looking away), or just quickly passing by the artwork (to be determined with third party supplier for Detection software). Even though the audience will get to know that there is a “surveillance” system if they re-enter the exhibition, they will never know the specific action that is recognized as a “crime” on that day. The audiences may be panicked by the surveillance at the beginning, then be “conquered under the fictional relationship”, and begin to “self-surveillant”. So far, the project wants to represent the power of anonymous subject to supervise every inch of space and time in the network monitoring and discipline by technology acceleration. As Foucault said, power symbols are divided and concealed by technology, becoming a hard-to-break knowledge system and technological product; the body itself has also become an integral part of the micro-power network, accumulating and producing continuously over time.
However, with the prolongation of exhibition, the “under surveillance” situation may gradually change to an “active” reaction towards the regulation. The tool for surveillance may be the tool for self-expression. What we interested more is to see the audiences intentionally act as “offenders” to become part of the exhibition. The surveillance by new technologies may lead to a rebellious banter and carnival after unconsciousness and shock. The life you peep at is the life I want to show you, and the technology that is considered to be a threat to individuality may turn into the means for self-expression.
The “passively” “active interaction” with the exhibition under the regulation and surveillance, and the “positively” “active interaction” with the regulation itself, together reveal how technology has changed the nature and type of people’s behavior.