As I scanned public spaces in Orange County, I happened to discover a remarkable number of hidden surveillance cameras, both in- and outdoors. Control is the keyword in planned communities, which in most instances proudly boast having advanced security and surveillance systems. Inhabitants readily accept this for the sake of safety.
The installation of my project, Another Day in Paradise, was composed of three preserved trees: surveillance, video and touchscreen trees. The complete installation was shown twice: at SIGGRAPH '95 in Anaheim, home of Disneyland, followed by an exhibit at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. When the city of Irvine published a promotional essay about the exhibit, I felt my belief that content does not concern industry was proven. I wondered if and when the exhibit's sponsors would take the time to inspect the work more closely. My guess is that unless the information presented in the artwork has a negative economic effect on the sponsor, it remains unimportant.
- Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA. 1995
- The Virtual Frontier, SIGGRAPH, Anaheim, CA. 1993
- Laguna Laurels, BC Space Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. 1993
- SKC Gallery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. 1992