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Video Essay: Surveillance Camera Cinema (Faceless, Der Riese, Influenza)

Section 2 of our first issue is a video essay on surveillance camera cinema: films made entirely out of surveillance camera footage.

Essay written and edited by Christopher Heron and narrated by Amy Cunningham.


Doyle, Aaron. “An Alternative Current in Surveillance and Control: Broadcasting Surveillance Footage of Crimes.” The New Politics of Surveillance and Visibility. Ed. Kevin D. Haggerty and Richard V. Ericson. Toronto: U Toronto P, 2006. 199-224.

McGrath, John E. Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space. London: Routledge, 2004.

Pauleit, Winfried. “Video Surveillance and Postmodern Subjects: The Effects of the Photographesomenon — An Image-Form in the ‘Futur antérieur’.” CTRL [SPACE ]. Ed. Thomas Y. Levin, et al. Karlsruhe: ZKM, 2002. 465-479.

Virilio, Paul. The Vision Machine. 1988. Trans. Julie Rose. Bloomington: Indiana U P, 1994.

Virilio, Paul. Open Sky. 1995. Trans. Julie Rose. London: Verso, 1997.

By The Seventh Art

The Seventh Art is a Toronto-based online magazine about cinema founded in 2012, with a focus on in-depth interviews with filmmakers.