Surveillance 2.0 – 9’03”


Surveillance usually refers to the observation of a government on its people. In this era surveillance is automatically connected with hi-technology such as satellites, security cameras, and the interception of electronic communication.

I believe that there is a more insidious form of surveillance: the social control that we exert upon each other through culturally constructed value-judgements. As a society we monitor the behaviour of friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. Our approval or disapproval of their behaviour helps to police their actions. In turn our actions are equally modified due to the knowledge that people are constantly judging us.

This soundscape features a modified field recording of a police helicopter as it flies overhead. The relatively peaceful isolation of this rural area accentuates a sense of invasion when the sound of police helicopters approach.

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