‘Close observation’ explores central ideas around the act of looking. We live in a time where surveillance is pervasive across multiple platforms, new technologies and environments. Focussing on digital CCTV surveillance, the project intrudes on moments. Empty streets and houses are used as the backdrop to the action, catching the subjects off guard. Utilising documentary footage harvested via accessing surveillance cameras all over the country, the domestic space takes on new unnerving meaning and outside localities become a canvas for expression. Specific vantage points, camera angles, cropping and sequencing strategies, force the viewer to be part of this action. Inviting us to take a step back and reflect on ourselves and the current social climate and ethics around ‘looking’.
Georgina Abreu • Airidas Akucevicius • Cullan Chapman • Vicki Cragg • Karis Harvey • Meg Jackson • Tom Johnson • Bianka Kmostincova • Esther Lewis • Stephanie Macfarlane • Hannah Newton • Emily Price • Sapphire Stewart • Louise Toovey • Sarah-Charlotte Whalley • Katie Whelan • Roshan Whittaker •