The Healing Polyopticon | Opulent Surveillance
January 1, 2016 - February 29, 2016Fleckenstein Video Gallery
The Healing Polyopticon
Tim Tate, American, b.1960, 2014
Tim Tate, American, b.1960, 2015
Two large video installations by artist Tim Tate will be featured in January and February. Tate blends traditional craft with new media technology to give the framework for his artistic narrative. Revelation—and in some cases self-revelation—is the underlying theme of his art. To help deal with a terminal diagnosis, Tate imagined that there were portals from above, each connected to a loved one who would watch over him and keep him safe. He sees The Healing Polyopticonas a physical representation of this healing manifestation. In Opulent Surveillance, Tate explores how video cameras have transformed the way individuals interact with one another and their environment. This work explores how the boundaries between public safety and privacy intrusion shift constantly and that the concern over mass and private surveillance is normal.