When the viewer approaches the installation, he sees the box with a hole on top. He looks inside the box and sees an aerial view of himself and the room, displayed on small screen inside the box. The video is a real time preview from the camera invisibly fixed on the ceiling above the box. After realizing that he sees himself, viewer looks above trying to detect the camera; instead of it, he sees another bigger screen that shows big eye, which looks strait at the viewer.

 

The experience that is shared in this work, is sudden awareness of being watched and watching at the same time, with a sense of being lost between these two states, struggling to locate oneself in the space and fail for a moment.

The idea comes from watching the range reactions of people to cameras and self-portraits; curiosity with a touch of guilt when watching and spying others; judgmental attitude to this simple action of seeing, because of constant moving and crossing the line between the private and the social.

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© 2016 – 2018 Maria Plotnikova

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