part of the exhibition “faceless” ( )

Opening: 3.July, 2013 19:00h, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, AUSTRIA


Surveillance work can be challenging – according to the U.S. Department
of Labor it includes stress, danger, confrontations with angry or upset
individuals, physical discomfort, lethal hazards, fieldwork in high
crime areas, monotony, constant alertness to threatening situations,
irregular hours, and a heavy toll on private life, among other risks.
The surveillance worker has to possess “great self-discipline to control
unproductive ethical impulses to look away” since the “humanity of the
surveillance worker has always been a weakness of surveillance systems”
(Maxwell, 2005). Who are those people and employees observing us in all
possible situations of our lives? Surveillance workers are “in reality,
reflexive and knowledgeable social actors, involved in a variety of
sense and decision making activities” (Ball, 2005), though they are
people with diverse backgrounds and individual biographies that are
rarely recorded and often disregarded in history.

(1) Artistic Bokeh Showroom: Documenting Surveillance
Installation, opening with the Faceless exhibition on Wednesday 3rd July

The exhibition-booth of the initiative “artistic bokeh” features an
abandoned surveillance room showing displaying leftovers of an active
operation – even the technology is still in working condition. The work
environment, the tools and individual (personal) items of the surveyor
produce different narratives of what might have happened, while at the
same time showing small but significant flaws in the story. The
technology and the devices used might not fit together from their times
– what might look as flaws in the staging at first sight unfolds as an
act of distortion of history, which represents a meta-narration forcing
a critical observation of facts and fiction.

(2) >Asymmetric Love Nr. 2Asymmetric Love Nr. 2< by Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan
Hechenberger was created to mimic a familiar and comfortable iconic
baroque chandelier composed out of surveillance cameras.

(3) Performance "Anonymity" by Wagenknecht and Hechenberger
2013-07-03 19:00, MuseumsQuartier Vienna

By censoring the eyes, we censor a essential part of our expression,
becoming 'faceless' and anonymous in nature. Six hundred black glasses
will be distributed to the visitors opening night and documented by
ARISTIC BOKEH. Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger developed
?Anonymity? in New York in 2007, and adapted it for the opening of the
exhibition FACELESS part I and part II.

Artistic Bokeh is an initiative to qualitatively explore, map and extend
the electrosphere with parameters of artistic research and development.
The initiative is part of the project Artistic Technology Research at
the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.