For a public video art project, I collaborated with airport security workers who are also singers, inviting them to sing songs of their choosing in front of a camera at the San Diego International Airport. The resulting videos reflect on the relationships between a person and their work, voice, and identity that take form within the heightened security and surveillance of the airport: the dynamics that theorist Simone Browne has termed "security theater."
These performances provided the groundwork for Instrumental, a series of video works addressing institutional and interpersonal dynamics of power, voice, labor, and intimacy.
Security Chorus, 2018-19, Public video art installation, San Diego International Airport (installation image)
Photo: Pablo Mason
Video: Featuring T, J, and L. Camera: dana washington-queen, Asa Lipman Mendelsohn; sound: Sadie Hochman