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This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance

printed on an aluminum plate
collection of Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, US
Photo: Mike Venso
The work is a set of large photos showing Ögüt placing official-looking signs in several outdoor locations around St. Louis. The signs say "Warning this area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance." In the photos, he stops with his tools at various places, mostly public, and hangs the signs without being bothered. It may reference the way that we accept the constant surveillance under which a city dweller lives, or else point out the privacy or mischief that can be achieved outside of the modern grid, in that one precious hour, whenever that might be. (Miriam Moynihan)