Markus Butkereit
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Align with dry hands

Align with dry hands

Material/ 360 spinning CCTV camera, 7 wollballs, telescope extension, hook
Measures/ 600 x 50 cm
2012/ Warszaw/ Poland

Video/ HD/ 5:33 min
Camera/ Matthias Hübner/ Brad Downey
Editing/ Markus Butkereit

In Warsaw there are many surveillance cameras in public spaces. During my
one-week stay I felt uncomfortable due to the fact that I was constantly
monitored. One day, I discovered a camera on a huge public square. The camera
had a small wiper in front of the lens and it rotated 360 degrees around its
own axis, 24/7, to monitor the current events happening around the square.
I got myself a telescopic extension, with a length of 6 meters, and fixed a
coat hook with 7 balls of wool with tape on it. Then I went to the square
and hooked the coat hook with the 7 balls of wool into the wiper of the camera.
The camera kept on rotating and slowly unrolled the wool from the balls lying
on the ground. After some time, a certain amount of wool wrapped itself into
the engine of the camera, and suddenly the rotation stopped and the head of
the camera tilted forward to the ground. The square was no longer monitored.