Try to Walk with the Sound of My Footsteps

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“Try to Walk With the Sound of My Footsteps”: The Surveillant Body in Contemporary Art. Communication Review 11 (January-March 2008): 24-41.

While the prevailing response to surveillance has been sousveillance, or the turning of surveillance against itself, this paper suggests that the usefulness of such responses depends on granting power to the video surveillance camera as the roving eye of an elusive disciplinary body. This paper analyzes contemporary art works where the surveillant eye is met not with the returned gaze, but with interpersonal and embodied responses that challenge the dichotomized relationship between viewer and viewed.

Read the paper here.

About Kirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of contemporary art and Director of museum and curatorial studies at Western University, Canada.

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