Mothers Under Surveillance
Monitor, bracket, live black-and-white camera with 16mm lens, 2 media players, video switcher, cabling, adapters
Single-channel digital video (black and white, silent) and real-time video stream (black and white, silent)
393 x 91,4 x 61 cm
Duration: 32:42 min (video A), 35:17 min (video B)
Julia Scher's Mothers Under Surveillance consists of a simultaneous broadcast of the exhibition space, mixed with two prerecorded footages of elderly women being tracked while they attend “adult daycare.” By including a date and time stamp, which functions as a sign for the “reality” of these images, the two streams of images merge into a single surveilled world. The artist creates an endless loop of people watching people while being watched themselves, with the aim of making visible the invisible systems of power and control enabled by electronic technology.