Harun Farocki, I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (2000)

Works of art using surveillance or security cameras:

  • Dan Graham, Time Delay Room (1974)
  • Harun Farocki, I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (2000): juxtaposes footage taken from surveillance cameras in American maximum security prisons with footage from security cameras at supermarkets.
  • Hasan Elahi, Tracking Transience (2002-present): "After being mistakenly placed on the FBI's list of suspected terrorists in 2002 and repeatedly interrogated by US officials, Bangladesh-born, New York-raised artist and Rutgers University professor Hasan Elahi launched Tracking Transience, an excercise in self-surveillance that uses GPS (Global Positioning System) and the Internet to allow anyone, including federal agents, to know his whereabouts."--Edward A. Shanken, Art & Electronic Media.
  • Ai WeiWei, WeiWeiCam (2012): the Chinese artist provoked the government for his documenting the names of the children who died in the Sichuan earthquakes whose deaths most likely could have been avoided if the Chinese government had invested in less shoddy construction methods. He was arrested in 2011 for "tax charges," but he was released under a number of conditions. The government put him under constant surveillance, setting up security cameras in his studio. In response he added security cameras to his home posted a live feed continuously online for all the public to see. The government got really upset and begged him to stop, because it undermined their authority, it was basically making fun of them, as if to challenge with, "Go ahead. I have nothing to hide.
  • Bruce Nauman, Live Taped Video Corridor (1970)
  • Steina, AllVision I (1975)
  • Robert Adrian, Surveillance (1979): the artist produced a videotape of himself captured on surveillance cameras as he walked through Karlsplatz subway station in Vienna.
  • New York Surveillance Camera Players
  • Julia Scher, Security by Julia II (1989)
  • Steve Mann, WearComp (1970s-present)
  • Marie Sester, ACCESS (2001-3): "Marie sester's public art installation...uses a computer vision system controlling a robotic spotlight and acoustic beam that automatically track and follow individuals without their consent or ability to escape."--Edward A. Shanken, Art & Electronic Media.
  • Michelle Terran, Life, A User's Manual (2003-present): the artist has led guided walking tours through urban areas, hacking into surveillance cameras to map and make visible the proliferation of the invisible private wireless CCTV streams that monitor our movements.
  • Wolfgang Staehle, Untitled (2001): in Postmaster Gallery in 2001, the artist hooked up three video cameras broadcasting live feeds (transmitted via the Internet) of footage shot from different locations of the world: a castle in Bavaria, the TV Tower in Berlin, and the the skyline of lower Manhattan. They produced still images that seemed unchanging, even though they refreshed every four seconds. Incidentally, the project inadvertently served an entirely different function of historical documentation, rather than mere exploration of media voyeurism, after the terrorist attacks in September 11.
  • Peter Weibel, Observation of the Observation: Uncertainty (1973)
  • Les Levine, Contact: A Cybernetic Sculpture (1969)