The Union Gallery presents

The Union Gallery presents Monitor, three off-site art projects that engage with the topic of surveillance, March 26th through April 18, 2008.

The Union Gallery presents Monitor, three off-site art projects that engage with the topic of surveillance. The projects, by fourth year Queen's University art students Jacqueline Collomb, Lisa Figge and Klaudio Shita are located in non-traditional sites: a storefront, a laundromat and various outdoor parks in the City of Kingston. With assistance from professional artist mentors Germaine Koh, Linda Duvall, and Julie Fiala, Collomb, Figge and Shita have put together a series of challenging and thought-provoking works that explore the complex and often controversial concept of surveillance. The projects will be on display from March 26th through April 18, 2008 at their sites, with a follow-up presentation in the Union Gallery Project Room in May 2008. An opening event entitled, Inside/Outside: a celebration of art all over the place, will be held on Friday April 4th, 2008 starting at the Union Gallery, 1st Flr. Stauffer Library, Queen's University, at 6:30pm. and will begin with a silent auction and refreshments. This will be followed by a walking tour of the Monitor sites, and the student mural project starting at 7:30pm, and will wrap up with a closing celebration at the Bagot Street Laundromat, courtesy of Manager John Dickson, (152 Bagot St.) starting at 8:30 pm.

Monitor Project Descriptions:

Jacqueline Collomb, Detection Services, Site: 173 Princess St.
Collomb's work looks at surveillance as an integral component of public security. Text and sound challenge the notion of security as a protective measure by examining the systematic inducement of paranoia, a strategy meant to persuade the public that the erosion of civil liberties and human rights is not only for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of others.

Lisa Figge, Person Of Interest, Site: Various locations around Kingston
Figge's piece is an interactive project that takes place in six locations around Kingston for the month of March. Figge explores the concept of the surveillance video, raising questions about the role of the observer and the observed and what happens to video footage in these circumstances.

Klaudio Shita , Know Me, Feel Safe, Site: Bagot St. Laundromat, 152 Bagot St.
Shita examines the concept of surveillance by manipulating the surveillance camera to create hybrids thereby personifying the object as a symbol of mismanaged biological need for safety and well-being.

Jocelyn Purdie, Managing Director
Lisa Visser, Program Assistant
Union Gallery, Queen's University
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