Inspired by the erratic dysfunctional pixels of cameras and screens, this physical installation consists in a series of black sticks pointing to a surveillance camera purposely installed in the exhibition space. The sticks are fixed at different points in the room, and they are all within the visible range of the surveillance camera. The tip of each stick is equidistant from the camera. From the perspective of the camera, the sticks look like black dots - or better - physical dead pixels. There is a sentence printed on each stick. The dozens of sentences created so far reflect on notions of perception, perspective, machine vision, and blind spots, questioning the analogy between the human eye and a camera.
This installation was presented for the first time in the exhibition Rimembrana at Nano – Raum für Kunst in Zürich. The show was visible between April 28th and May 15th 2021, and it was conceived in collaboration with Valentina Pini. The show integrated a series of surveillance cameras, and their live feed was visible 24/7 on the website rimembrana.alanbogana.com
In the future, I expect to experiment with the Dead-Pixel Diaries using outdoor and public surveillance cameras.
Please find here below a series of photos of the installation and details of the sticks.