The use of CCTV in British public spaces exploded during the 1990s; between 1992 and 2002 it accounted for more than £250 million of public funds. By the time American artist Jill Magid’s videos in the series Evidence Locker and the installation Retrieval Room (all 2004) were shown at the Liverpool Biennial that year, there were 242 CCTV cameras operating in the city. To make her works (which comprise five different narratives constructed from edited CCTV footage), Magid spent 31…
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