Zoom Pavilion is a panoptic audiovisual installation that features 12 computerized surveillance cameras trained on the public. The piece uses facial recognition algorithms to detect visitors and record their spatial relationships within the exhibition space. A live archive of recordings is shown to make evident the data-gathering mechanisms in use.
The installation is in a fluid state of camera movement, constantly zooming into different groups of people. Zoom Pavilion seeks not to identify individuals but rather monitor and capture their assembly; proximity may be considered suspicious, as enabling potentially dangerous communication.
Recently premiered at the MUAC Museum inMexico City, Zoom Pavilion marks the first collaboration between artists Rafael Lozano- Hemmer and Krzysztof Wodiczko. These artists’ practices often involve the transformation of an existing public space using projection technologies to ‘augment’ the site with alternative histories, critical symbolism or new public relationships. This piece emphasizes the temporary construction of connective space by visualizing ubiquitous predatory technologies of tracking and control.