This Spring, Artists Space presented an exhibition by Hito Steyerl. Complimentary to the gallery show, they also hosted this nifty archive of the German artist/writer/filmmaker’s writings and illustrative GIFs. The above GIF accompanies an excerpt from the essay Culture and Crime:
“In the global North, this sphere of privacy offers a whole range of different life styles. They suggest the complete freedom to design one’s own living conditions – provided that they remain private and remain restricted to the recognition of individually culturalized identities. Difference is tolerated within the system of cultural domestication – but not as opposition to the system itself. Opposition is thus replaced by cultural difference.”
First appeared in Transversal 01/01: Cultura Migrans, 2001
Published by eipcp – European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies [PDF]
Just look at that surveillance camera go! Whooshing around a panopticon-like geometry of institutional space, security culture never looked so much like a fun motion-simulator ride.