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Security by Julia

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Part of the larger discussion of protection and threat as represented by contemporary cultural practices, this work is intended as a reflection and response to questions of psychological surveillance, the production and distribution of false/innocent bias machines and the unrelenting activity of designing defensible space. Surveillance discourse itself triggers reactions in individuals even when a mechanism is not in place (“warning: you are under surveillance”/”guard will be back momentarily” signs permanently on the desk). Superdesk explores why and how electronic mediation and a structure of control paralyzes some viewers, empowering other viewers/citizens/prisoners from action and what effect this disablement ultimately has on viewers and their libidinal structures. The Superdesk is an interruption station along any network of space or place. A place to stop and question the questioning station and yourself. A place where … dismantlement is always a possibility. It confirms the desire to supply, display and dispense control even when what is to be controlled is up for grabs.

My work engages question of control in everyday life. The Superdesk is a temporary and transitory event-space of links, fallible network attributes, shiny and rusty electronics, protection personnel and hands-on narcissistic flexibility. It is organized as a small twisted and swirled security desk ensemble. The Superdesk is a jab at the idea of obtaining consent, with a formal and tacit agreement with space. The Superdesk is a packaging place of the tracking of individuals. The physical manifestation is penetrable, loosely cabled, and perforated. Indeed, the controllers at this station are completely visible as the visitors themselves can “seize control” of the surveillance mechanism.