” We stay in a society where (the) security camera is all over. We reside in a society where information is our most significant prison. We live in a data panopticon today”.
Shue Lea Cheang’s multi-media installment for Venice utilizes its ancient prison establishing well to check out the biographies of contemporary and historical sex offences, and consider the influences of today’s omnipresent digital security.
Shu Lea Cheang’s 4 area installation, 3x3x6, is an exploration of sexual disobediences over the centuries and the transformation of security modern technology from the physical design of a cell or prison to the electronic design that now checks all of us, all the time, many thanks to 3D facial recognition, AI as well as the net. The title of the job refers to the 3×3 sq metre dimensions of today’s normal jail cell, and its monitoring by six video cameras.
In intending this work, Cheang (b1954, Taiwan) was struck by the reality that Venice’s most renowned sexual adventurer, Giacomo Casanova (1725-98), was sent to prison here (although he got away prior to his five-year sentence was up). He ended up being an essential character in her story, along with other notable historical personalities, specifically France’s Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), that spent 32 years of his life behind bars, and also Michel Foucault (1926-84), the French philosopher, that, while offering in a polite capacity in Poland, was entraped into disclosing his homosexuality and forced to leave the nation. One more 7 contemporary characters were mobilized from research study that Cheang as well as her manager and partner, Paul B Preciado, unearthed, standing for a cross-section of transgressions from throughout the globe, from Taiwan to South Africa.
Shu Lea Cheang: 3x3x6
Taiwan in Venice, Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello 4209, San Marco, 30122 Venice
11 May– 24 November 2019
Meeting by VERONICA SIMPSON
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY