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Domenico Quaranta: Dear Observer

PostScriptUM #12
Series edited by Janez Janša
Language: English




Domenico Quaranta, art curator and critic, writes about the 2004 project Evidence Locker by Jill Magid, now part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of New York. Jill Magid is a visual artist who has focused her work since the beginning (the end of the 90s) on surveillance infrastructures and the relationship between observers and the observed. In Evidence Locker, she has built an epistolary romantic relationship with the City Watch System of Liverpool – the largest video surveillance system in all of Britain – bringing into being a story in which love and seduction become tools for knowing.
The project is not only about power, control and privacy issues, but is also an investigation on the connection between humans and impersonal systems. As Quaranta explains: “In the age of smartphones and mediated communications, remote surveillance is now a component of most relationships. All lovers are potential Observers.”


Publisher: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Represented by: Marcela Okretič

Translation: Anna Carruthers
Design: Luka Umek
Layout: Sonja Grdina

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Printed and distributed by: Lulu.com

In the framework of Masters & Servers

Previously published in Aksioma Brochure #15, Ljubljana 2013, on the occasion of the exhibition:

Jill Magid
Evidence Locker

Aksioma | Project Space
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia
19 June–5 July 2013

Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.