ARTIST: Line-Up Collaborative
TITLE: "Here's Looking at You"
MATERIALS: Construction materials, computer hardware
and software, photo printer
DIMENSIONS: 85" h x 30" w x 65" l
"Here's Looking at You" is a photo booth that,
at first glance, looks like any other. The viewer enters the
booth, closes the privacy curtain, inserts money, and poses
for the timed strobes. When the strip is developed, however,
the images do not appear as expected. Instead of the standard
frontal shots, they show the subject as seen from a hidden security
camera in the upper left hand corner of the booth.
With this photo booth, Line Up examines the increasingly blurred
boundary between public and private life after 9/11 and the
ownership of one's image in the information age. With heightened
security concerns, our images appear almost constantly on surveillance
footage everywhere. The keepsake images produced by Line Up's
photo booth are a reclamation of one's skewed, captured image.
As a fully functional object, the booth is initially seen as
an overt art object. Its camouflage of familiarity increases
the effect of the resulting image.
Line Up is a collaborative of independent artists that come
together to explore the contemporary challenges of a given public
space. The members of the group share a fascination with the
design and function of public spaces in America, and the unsettling
aspects such sites. Their subject matter has included mall food
courts, hotel event rooms, high school gymnasiums, and suburban
developments. "Here's Looking at You" was originally
installed in Eero Saarinen's Terminal 5 at JFK International
Line Up is: Marcin Balicki, Amelia Bauer &
Robert de Saint Phalle
amelia AT teamrad.com