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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling but difficult, 21 Jan. 2008
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Christian Jongeneel (Rotterdam, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Loving Big Brother: Surveillance Culture and Performance Space (Paperback)
This is not an easy read. John McGrath investigates why many people are unbothered or even attracted to the idea of cameras monitoring almost every step they set outdoors. For this he turns primarily to art. Many choreographers and directors nowadays use cameras for live projections on stage of what is going on (for instance close ups of sweating dancer's faces blown up to gigantic proportions on the stage screen).

Mr. McGrath notes that this leads to more intense experience of the performance, by both artist and audience. From here he extrapolates to society as a whole where, he argues, certain 'codes' have developed how people deal with ubiquitous security cameras.

Drawing on art and popular culture mr. McGrath gives plenty of accessible illustrations of his point, but this cannot conceal the book being pretty abstract stuff. The subject is compelling, the analysis thorough, but some stamina is required to get through it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars knowledge is power, 28 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Loving Big Brother: Surveillance Culture and Performance Space (Paperback)
A very relevant book for our times with a lot of usefull information, very interesting artists and many references to other theorists, artists and writers on the same subject, well worth reading.
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Loving Big Brother: Surveillance Culture and Performance Space by John McGrath (Paperback - 30 Jan. 2004)
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