A bomb that had genuine countdown and sound effects, shoots out confetti instead of explosives.
There were two rooms that had been linked together with wires. There was a large button in the middle of room one, while there was a sculpture that looks like a bomb in room two. Viewers were also participants in this installation. In room one they could decide whether they would like to push the button or not, despite that they had no idea it would trigger the bomb to arm next door. Participants in room 2 are locked inside the seemingly small room. This is to create the pressure of staying locked in a room with a real bomb.
A screen outside the two rooms gives other viewers a chance to spy on what is going on in the two rooms.
The project is meant to echo the famous Milgram experiment of the 1960s.
Surveillance is often seen as a detached gaze, a remote form of watching. The fact that cameras record information continuously and unobtrusively makes their presence elusive. And the idea of data being analysed only when needed makes these devices feel innocuous. However the gaze of surveillance is always directed and motivated by human desires – it is a form of voyeurism.
There are many questions that surveillance by cameras poses: do people adopt different personas or behaviours when they are in the position of watchers/controllers? How are peoples feels affected when observed by a camera? What kind of archive is created from recordings? These are the questions that I tried to answer with the installation.