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Power Dynamics

Nicholas Osella

Power Dynamics

Nicholas Osella

Power Dynamics is an interactive design/art piece that questions the presence of power when cameras infiltrate public spaces and how in today’s instant sharing context, “we use video cameras as modern day rifles.” This quote, originating from early Vietnam war protest art, took new meaning as it applies to our current Civil Rights Movement, and the ways acts of brutality and violence are captured and shared instantly with the entire world at the push of a button. In large due to surges of technological possibilities, we are now able to learn more about the world at any moment just from the presence of social media. Video and social media now resemble a place for uninformed masses to turn to videos or live reports to help them find the truth when momentous events take place. Places like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, have now become destinations for finding truth when media hasn’t had time to process the same events. Now, instant sharing is only limited by 140 characters and the ability to have your phone recording. This then asks, if everyone has a camera, who really holds the power? The power to hold those committing crimes accountable, to show truth honestly, to raise the voice of others who cannot, or spread awareness of racial injustice. This question is central to the idea of Power Dynamics, which is why I invite the public to speak their opinion and share their views of the world to a camera that is ready to listen.