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December 2018

Danny Giles: Lyric

In Search of a Recuperative Aesthetics

In the work Lyric, artist Danny Giles performs an act of reverse -surveillance by following and filming the Chicago Police Department’s Police Observation Device (POD) program, a system of street cameras equipped with flashing blue and white lights. This video shows excerpts from Giles’s footage alongside documentation of an installation wherein a replica POD is transformed into a strobe light for a silent dance party. Giles describes Lyric as “an immersive, participatory performance and installation work that asks the audience to consider a revolt against the condition of mass surveillance in the form of a dance party.” Lyric follows earlier works by Giles grappling with police brutality, anti-black violence, and the visual manifestations of surveillance, state power, and protest.

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