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    CCTV oddity: archaeology and aesthetics of video surveillance

    Cardullo, Paolo (2017) CCTV oddity: archaeology and aesthetics of video surveillance. Visual Studies, 32 (2). pp. 124-132. ISSN 1472-586X

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    The paper narrates #OCTV – an art installation, performance and hacktivist project – the authors presented at the International Visual Sociology Association annual conference (Goldsmiths 2013). The installation used networked CCTV cameras and affordance of digital media to make surveillance space visible, beyond its representational value. It played with the co-constitution of the surveillance images through technologies, cultural practices, and ethics. The paper suggests the visual work of CCTV cameras is contextual to the specific configuration surveillance ecology takes. It proposes art projects as critical methodology for unpacking the social construction of the digital image. As a consequence, it recognises the challenges of using once-upon-a-time ethics forms with regards to ecologies of the visual. Instead, it suggests an ethical and political tension which should follow research ‘data’ during the lifetime of the project, and possibly in the ecologies yet to come.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: CCTV; archaeology; aesthetics; video surveillance; #OCTV; art installation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 11421
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    Depositing User: Paolo Cardullo
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 13:27
    Journal or Publication Title: Visual Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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