Marcus DeSieno is a lens-based artist who is interested in how the evolution of photographic technology has changed our relationship to the natural world. Antiquated and obsolescent photographic processes are often combined with contemporary imaging technologies in his work to engage in a critical dialog on the advancement of photography in relation to seeing. DeSieno received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida in 2015. DeSieno’s work has been exhibited nationally at Candela Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The Light Factory, Rayko Photo Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and various other galleries and museums. His work has also been featured in a variety of publications including FeatureShoot, GUP Magazine, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, National Geographic’s Proof, PDN, Slate, Smithsonian Magazine, and Wired.
“Surveillance Landscapes” interrogates how surveillance technology has changed our relationship and understanding of landscape and place in our increasingly intrusive electronic culture. I hack into surveillance cameras, public webcams, and CCTV feeds in a pursuit for the classical picturesque landscape, dislocating the visual product from its automated origins while searching for a conversation between land, borders, and power. The very act of surveying a site through these photographic systems implies a dominating relationship between man and place. Ultimately, I hope to undermine these schemes of social control through the obfuscated melancholic images found while exploiting the technological mechanisms of power in our surveillance society.
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