Marie Sester, ACCESS, 2001-2003/2005, interaktive Installation, Ausstellungsansicht, Foto: ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe.
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ACCESS, 2001–2003/2005/2020

The interactive installation ACCESS deals playfully with the topic of surveillance and control. It uses various tracking technologies and makes them acoustically and visually perceptible as both an individual and a public experience. The light cone of a spotlight automatically follows randomly selected, anonymous people. A directional loudspeaker emits sounds and noises that you can only hear if you are the person standing in the spotlight. There is no reason why the spotlight tracks you in particular, nor why you are the only person in public who hears the sounds. The work points up the importance of surveillance and locality in digitized societies. By putting passersby in the limelight for a brief time, ACCESS also draws attention to the importance of self-representation in today's world, which has become a socioeconomic constraint within social media.


ACCESS was selected for the Seasons of Media Arts 2020 by ZKM | Karlsruhe.


to be confirmed


from January/February 2021


Marie Sester


Marie Sester (*1955) is a French media artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Sester first studied architecture in Strasbourg before her interest shifted from built structures to the question of how architecture and ideology influence our understanding of the world. She examines ideological frameworks within politics, culture, and technology and questions how they determine our lives in her works, which have been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale (1997), Ars Electronica (2003), and the Singapore Biennale (2008), among others. Sester's works have repeatedly featured in exhibitions at ZKM | Karlsruhe.


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