Sester, Marie

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

My work explores ways that societies implement forms, focusing primarily on ideas of transparency, visibility, and access. Transparency is, for me, a term associated with architecture in the 18th century, but has recently become a fundamental notion in political, economic, and media discourses. Included in its values are those of information and communication, control and surveillance. The goal of transparency is visibility, but paradoxically transparency may serve to remove the visibility ofthese environments or contents and thus hide them. Visibility is also linked to the evolution of Westem culture in the 20th century, from the Hollywood star industry to the explosion of advertising. My third interest, access, emerges from the fact that a networked culture increasingly demands regulated forms of entry, from bank cards to code numbers, from passwords to plug-ins.


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    2006 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Supplementary Material
    Sester, Marie (2009-06-03T18:37:17Z)
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    2006 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Sester, Marie (2009-05-28T17:29:17Z)
    ACCESS is a public space installation that applies web and surveillance technologies, allowing web users to track individuals in public spaces. Individuals are tracked without wearing any gear or marker by a spotlight that they can't escape, and an acoustic beam which projects audio that only they can hear. ACCESS presents control tools that combine surveillance technology with the advertising and Hollywood industries, creating an intentionally ambiguous situation, revealing the obsession-fascination for control, vigilance, visibility and celebrity: scary or fun.