BIG EYE

2001—05

In “1984” George Orwell talks about a big eye regulating an entire nation through the constant observation of citizens’ lives. We are all familiar with the idea of “big brother”, it’s even been turned into an extremely popular TV show. On a more serious note, the theme of surveillance has become much more than literally fiction or entertainment after the advent of the digital revolution. We experience surveillance every day, in a wide range of new and different levels, without realizing how it affects our social behaviour.
In "You need a permission" (video, 2005) I undergo the rules imposed by a well organised security system that prevents me from filming inside some train stations in London without regular permission. I use my camera as a tool to examine how this system interferes in our every day lives, sometimes generating curious and strange situations.
In "Hello" (video, 2004) an advertisement caught my attention as it seemed to be more real than the person itself.

I am also intrigued by the idea of privacy in public places connected with different cultures and different society systems.
I often try to play with the construction of “neutral spaces”, where people can feel free to interact with others without physical or mental restrictions. How does space affect human relations? Is it possible that people feel free only when they know they are alone and that they’re not being observed?
In Private Space(installation, 2003) I created a room in which people could find privacy outside their house. In reality, their privacy was violated by a hidden camcorder placed in the room which recorded everything that took place inside. Outside, in another room, you could see this Private Space, with the people inside it in that moment.
The Private Space experiment allows the individual to choose between looking at others to discover oneself (this is the case of those who watch the projection), and letting oneself be oneself because he/she is not being seen (those who are in the room).
Both cases present an illusion of freedom because you are in both cases closely inspected by other people.