Program 2016

Waltraut Taenzler

Germany (1953)



Jury Special Prize

In 2007, an association of Texan sheriffs launched an online virtual border patrol platform: a dense network of cameras set up all along the Mexican border. Any Internet user could subscribe to the website in order to patrol the border in real time and report any suspicious activity. Between 2009 and 2011, the German artist logged into the website regularly to become a virtual border guard. His work, based on screen captures of live videos reveals the dubious methods of this vast network of voluntary informants in a society where social media has completely democratised freedom of speech.

Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey