Attempting to Capture a Place
Surveillance cameras have become an integral part of cityscapes in many parts of Europe. But cameras are not neutral companions: everything goes into these devices and is transmitted. Someone, somewhere else, watches, evaluates, processes, analyses, and documents it all. What else? We don’t know exactly, because much of it is kept under lock and key. Kyle McDonald wants to understand how new technologies affect or influence us. He uploads video recordings of public spaces onto the internet, revealing what is normally only seen by others. Anyone can comment on what they see online: encounters, arguments, rain, sun. People become objects of entertainment, sometimes amusement. McDonald thus makes visible how this ubiquitous media armament is rapidly relegating ethical questions—why who is allowed to see what and how—to the background.