2005 | Multi ATM: The Unblinking Eye, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 2005; Pool, Berlin 2006
Pool, Berlin curated by Amy Stein
Large format digital photography, wall drawing, installation. Unmounted on walls.
The ATM (hence the title) is a paranoid entity. Bolted to the nondescript recessions and enclaves of (sub)urban landscapes,
they exemplify the most pronounced insecurities of capitalism. Camouflaged beneath a façade of utility and
convenience, these devices perform an act of surveillance to which we are accomplices. Security within the public
domain (sic) as a well as the factory and office is endlessly exploited; we stand there captured – without any way to
It is also an small interrogation into the politically motivated propogation of paranoia. Its an attempt to interrupt such
transactions – that drives state legislation – and is born out in the everyday image of the worker confronted by the
video camera or by the pedestrian in the mall. We are all ‘candidates’ for recordings of these surveillance machines.
Background to project
The project was developed over 2 years, focussed on those parts sectors Sydney, Melbourne and later Berlin where
refugees initially live after settlement. It included a number of wall drawings, news documentation and public
photography. One of the major pieces, a wall drawing, was adapted from a variety of portraits taken of ‘middle
eastern men’ from local print media. It had the visual aesthetic of a police or customs ‘mugshot’. The other work
was installed around these portraits developed as a profile of ‘false’ surveillance of local refugees. The project was
initially developed and shown at Seventh Gallery situated near the refugee-housing zone in central Melbourne. They
were conversations on surveillance and the imagined Other. I ‘redrew’ subjects from local and international media
and placed them alongside images of security fencing, CCTV camera technologies and concrete housing blocks.