Camera memori: Towards a reflective spatial vision
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Surveillance is a kind of practice that serves as an instrument of power. Considered as a vision system, the tools and processes of video surveillance offer unique opportunities for constructing new ways of seeing. This study argues for a media practice based on surveillance that encourages reflection on our place in the world through a transformation of its affordances from coercive to aesthetic ends. The importance of memory is emphasized in considering the perceptual relationship between our inner and outer worlds. An historical analysis of spatial observation and representation grounds the study in a sociopolitical context. The problematics and affordances of computer-based video surveillance are examined and an alternative practice is developed using concepts from contemporary media theory. In conclusion a model is elaborated for a system that gathers site images then displays them in a way meant to resonate with a viewer's personal experiences of space.