Julia Scher Occupational Placement, 1989-90
Monitors, hanging system, monitor brackets, monitor masks, surveillance camera, camera bracket, video switcher, media players, SD cards, cables and connectors, loudspeaker
Multi-channel digital video (color and black and white, silent) and real-time video stream (black and white, silent)
Installation dimensions and time-based media components duration variable
In Occupational Placement — initially commissioned in 1989 by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus — images from live permanent security system cameras, temporary cameras, and pre-recorded video (fake feeds) are mixed with overlays of random computer-generated text, recorded and output to screens. Visitors become part of the artwork as they watch themselves on the monitors, seeing their images overlaid with such vaguely unsettling text as "you are not protected here but are being watched."