Reciprocal Viewing System, 2014–present
This project is a site-specific work, providing the audience with spatial experience by interconnecting the two physically separate exhibition spaces through the surveillance cameras installed in the exhibition space. 'Reciprocal Viewing System', presented in the exhibition 'My Own Blind Spots', is arranged in two different spaces, Baik Art Gallery and Commonwealth and Council. Discovering the blind spots of the CCTV cameras installed in each space, these blind spots were visualised by the covering of pink tapes. The CCTV cameras transmit the interior images of the exhibition spaces to the monitors installed in each space, but through the monitor, they seem empty without the tape installations. The audience could actually encounter the visualised installation by an in-person visit to the exhibition space and find the difference between viewing through the monitor screen and physical on-site viewing. On the other hand, 'Reciprocal Viewing System' converts the CCTV system from the tool of unilateral surveillance to an artistic (communicative) tool, reciprocally connecting the act of ‘seeing’ and ‘to be seen’. The audience would have a simultaneous experience as the viewer as well as the subject of the viewer and use the surveillance camera to communicate with their peers in the other exhibition space. This method of suggesting the physical experience of the blind spots, divides, connects, and supplements the relationship between two exhibition spaces by the audience’s selection of enjoyment method. Courtesy Baik Art.
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