Art & Oppression: Artist's Statement

Marcus DeSieno

Surveillance Landscapes

In our increasingly intrusive electronic culture, how do we delineate the boundaries between public and private? Surveillance Landscapes is a body of work that interrogates how surveillance technology has changed our relationship to—and understanding of—landscape and place. This is an essential conversation in our post-Edward Snowden society

To produce this work, I hack and tap into surveillance cameras, public webcams, and CCTV feeds in pursuit of the “classical” picturesque landscape and the sublime. The resulting visual product becomes dislocated from its automated origins and leads to an investigation of land, of borders, and power. The very act of surveying a site through these photographic systems implies a dominating relationship between man and nature.

Ultimately, I hope to undermine these oppressive schemes of social control through these photographs—found while exploiting the technological mechanisms of power in our surveillance society.