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R. Ferko, F. Anoushahpour, P. Anoushahpour

R. Ferko, F. Anoushahpour, P. Anoushahpour

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Centre de commerce mondial de Montréal

video installation

Path

Artist biography

Faraz Anoushahpour is a filmmaker from Tehran, Iran. Trained as at the Architectural Association School in London, his work explores video as a tool to investigate the city. Ryan Ferko is trained as a historian. His site-specific projects, films, and public talks emerge as an extension of his research and critical writing, exploring the history of architecture and how it relates to urban development. Parastoo Anoushahpour is a film and video artist. Trained as a scenographer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and AA School of Architecture in London, she works at the intersection of theatre, cinema, and architecture. All three artists now live and work in Toronto, their recent work is listed on our website.

Project approach

PATH is a participatory video installation that questions the relationship between spectatorship and the act of surveillance. Shot over a month in Toronto’s PATH Underground network, three filmmakers acting as wandering flaneurs recast the all-seeing eye of the security-camera to build up a digital database. As individual audience members sit in the booth they become aware of the fact that they are in control of the seemingly objective gaze of the cameras. By subtly transforming members of the public into the controlling eyes of surveillance, PATH explores the shift in power when the act of looking at others is separated from the possibility of being seen by others.

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