Published June 2007
Jacinta van den Berg
Whilst ultrasonography has the appearance of enhancing the maternal-foetal relationship, the suggestion that pregnant women should be ‘bonding’ with the visualised foetus is problematic. Meredith Nash explores theS implications both culturally and medically of the proliferation of maternal and foetal surveillance through increasingly technologised interventions during pregnancy.
Watching films like The Godfather Trilogy demands a degree of self-surveillance from their viewers. Phoebe Poon considers how Mafia films manipulate us to suspend moral criticism against characters that clearly operate outside the bounds of the law, but who appear justified as they abide by a code of familial honour. How far can we resist the enticement of letting down our moral guard?
Zitomer examines two contemporary manifestations of the poetry reading in the United States, the formal poetry reading and the open mic. The former displays a self-enclosed system of surveillance isolated from its public audience; the latter, which refuses hierarchical recognition and preservation, practises a poetry of social engagement.
This review reflects his broader interest in urban history and what he perceives to be a clash between respectable and disreputable cultures.
The poem began with seven signs seen on a train.
A poem on private space in temporary quarters.
Miranda Heckenberg and Robin Dixon
This video work, with music by Robin Dixon, explores the various feelings of being followed. Right click (or Control+click on a Mac) to download this .mp4 file.
A ficto-critical photo essay considering modes and effects of surveillance in past and present, personal and political contexts. Surveillance is presented as a typical rather than atypical aspect of vision, as a more interactive and social process than we commonly assume.
Milk is a Moodie: an architect of atmosphere, hired to ‘tune’ rooms and their occupants to produce particular behaviours. There are elements of art and alchemy in what he does; but there’s also the dollar and what it can buy.
A comic poetic catalogue of the records, forms and certificates that construct our identities.
The artist presents three image combinations of her family’s palms and interiors of a suburban shopping Mall. The works explore the gaze not only through reference to surveillance cameras but also through a playful quotation of the nineteenth-century sublime.