_The Texas Border (2010)

The Texas Border is an audio-visual installation which draws its content from a publicly funded real-time surveillance program designed to empower citizens to fight border crime. The platform, consisted of a network of 200 cameras and sensors located in the US Mexico border and an online platform called BlueServo. This site gave free access to the cameras broadcasts 24/7 and allowed users to report anonymously to the Border Sheriff if they noticed activity on the border. The piece broadcast original recorded video feeds captured by BlueServo's cameras and sixty-four videos, which were taken from BlueServo's accessible archive. The sixty-four videos show incursions into the US territory which failed as a direct consequence of the reports carried out by BlueServos's anonymous users. The piece also displays detailed instructions, provided by BlueServo, which carefully explained to users how to carry out the surveillance on each camera. These orders are being typed algorithmically on the videos.

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