Panoptic insecurity

Gun Control, by Scott Kildall, explores issues of both security and surveillance. Each of the four units incorporates a police-issue revolver and a video camera. As people move into the installation space, the cameras track the movement and the guns follow.


However, the system does not always function properly. The revolvers point at different targets. They sometimes twirl about playfully. The armatures shake and rattle. Visitors are directly in the line of fire. This piece raises questions about our security-surveillance apparatus by prompting a visceral reaction.


Can’t help but mention an installation i saw recently at the ZKM in Karlsruhe (Germany.)
When Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg moved to a new apartment in 1995 he discovered that from his windows he had an unimpeded view into his neighbour’s house on the other side of the street. The wall in there was decorated with an arsenal of weaponry. This threatening image in his existence prompted the artist to furnish his own apartment only as far as the zones that the other man in turn could not see.


His experience inspired Safe zones, no. 7 (The toilets at ZKM). Monitors placed next to the door of the public bathroom make visitors imagine that the toilet space is being monitored by a camera. Once inside, people notice that what was being monitored is in fact a detailed model of a toilet, placed in the same space. (more)

Related: the (in)security camera, Apple’s Place and the insecurity guard.