Surveillance: Covert/Overt Aesthetics
Surveillance: Covert/Overt Aesthetics is a multi-generational show featuring work from Gilbert High School students, their teachers, and other professional artists exhibiting nationally.
Examining the space between the tacitly normal and increasingly omnipresent nature of surveillance, this show attempts to expose the complexity of an integrated system and how it operates outside and within a system of aesthetics. Reinforcing the notion that surveillance has always played a central role in the historic and present construction of art, this show poses the question: if the purpose of surveillance is the maintenance of social control, what function does surveillance play as a style or movement in art making practices?
As surveillance becomes more invasive, a divide in generational perspectives is emerging. The millennial generation appears to have adapted and manipulated aspects of surveillance, integrating it into their consumption behavior as a means of using the system to their advantage. By contrast, the Baby Boom generation has found qualities of surveillance advantageous in the deterrence of crime, but perhaps feels concerned that it infringes on individual agency, challenging notions of civil liberties.
In this show, three generations of artists display how they construct work that addresses the functions of surveillance. Some have addressed the power of covert art making, some have examined the role of the “watcher” and how it contributes to the construction of critical art, and others have explored the boundaries of private/public exposure and the performative aesthetics of surveillance.
Presented by ASU School of Art Tuesday – Sunday, 6-9pm