This Area is Under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance

Very interesting post about art and internet contextual interpretations.

Urban Dialogues

This intervention by Agmet Ögüt is called This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance. For the work, Ögüt took the standard security signage that can be found in parking garages, banks, parks and other public places. He altered one single character, the number four, so that it would read ‘this area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance’.

Ögüt placed some of these signs in parks and other public places. Passing people mostly didn’t recognize it as an artwork, because of the ready-made format. Usually, they considered it to be a mistake, that there had been some administrative error. One person photographed the work and anonymously posted it to http://www.failblog.org. People commented to the picture, and discussed how or why that sign might have come to be like that. Eventually, someone wrote that the text wasn’t a mistake, but a work of art. All interesting speculation…

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