A discontinued biometric surveillance program views and re-views the only content it has available, a previously collected cache of footage from unsecured, networked CCTV cameras. In its corrupted memory there remains only one pattern to feed its recognition algorithms: an eye. It searches the fragmented footage for this, perhaps following the remnants of its programming, perhaps searching for a reflection of itself.

intbio_detect1.19.2c__deprecated investigates the powerful sight enjoyed by the current programs of ubiquitous surveillance, a sight which, although wide reaching, is far from complete. In employing computational tools to quantify the world, surveillance must always settle for a quantised, restricted, subset of the whole, its necessarily limited worldview and inability to find that which it does not already know leading to a kind of apophenia, a tendency to see patterns and infer meanings where there are none.


Oliver Smith