/ monitoring pre-human / public action with mirrors, since 2014

Monitoring pre-human is an action for the public/semi-public space. The exercise deploys mirror objects as devices capable to catch pictures in a space used by the public while being monitored by privatized authorities, in order to make them visible.
The limits of visibility (when am I part of the picture) and the accessibility of the picture (who does have access to my picture) are substantial aspects of the action: being hold beside a surveillance camera the mirror can be used by the passersby for seeing their being in the picture of a otherwise displaced displaying.
Monitoring pre-human can be seen as a scuptural intervention, temporarly building a public monitoring system and involving passersby in giving new structures to the space.

Monitoring pre-human was designed 2014 for the main entrance of the Central Station in Milan as part of the show Osservazioni Possibili at Ciocca Arte Contemporanea. With the support of Goethe Institut Mailand. photographs by Giorgio Possenti.

monitoring pre-human photographer giorgio possenti

/ monitoring outlines / installation, 2014

The installation Monitoring Outlines (sea borders only: Spain, Italy, Greece) is part of my studies on the phenomenology of the Mediterranean border.

Each object refers to a different section of the EU sea border: mirror with engraved outlines, mirror holder, amplifier and exciter speaker, data set of detected not authorized sea border crossings January-August 2014 recorded by Frontex.

First presentation at Galerie Kurt im Hirsch Berlin September/October 2014.

monitoring outlines

/ monitoring seaborders / video installation, variable setup, since 2015

Monitoring Seaborders refers to:
- control room activities and communication related to so called Indalo Joint Operation based at the Local Coordination Center of Algeciras;
- navigation activities and communication on a CVP of the Guardia Civil on course from Algeciras to Tanger.

The Mediterranean border is definitively a constructed entity - non-visible and non-tangible - of an intense, costly and some how intricate apparative monitoring.
The video installation Monitoring Seaborders presents some evidence of this intense desire of visualisation and materialisation.

The video installation is composed of two channels.
Channel A is showing the view from the inside of a boat cabin, facing the invisible border between Spain and Morocco. The video sequence is projected on a engraved surface shaped by using the outlines of selected video frames.
Channel B is a split image composed of a video sequence recorded in the control room monitoring the same piece of border (left) and the typewritten transcription of the related conversations and snatches of communication (right).

The two video channels are thought as back to back projections. Alternatively they can build an angle in space.
The linear video version Monitoring Seaborders Controlroom has been first shown at IFFF International Women Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne 2016.

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michael zepter
georg rosenthal, michael zepter und ansgar jerrentrup (courtesy m. zepter).
ruben malchow
four ages of men, 2005
(courtesy ruben malchow).
UNTITLED by friedrich blume
untitled, 2011
(courtesy Friedrich Blume).
homometer, 1973
(courtesy VALIE EXPORT).
julia scher
wonderland, Andrea Rosen gallery, 1998
(courtesy julia scher).

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