Omer Fast, A Place Which Is Ripe, 2020

Omer Fast, A Place Which Is Ripe, 2020

Installation view, Omer Fast - Abfahrt, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 2020-2021

3 Videos playing synchronously on mobile devices inside an open drawer
Color, sound
16:39 min
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)

Based on interviews with two police detectives who worked in the Scotland yard’s CCTV Surveillance and super- recognizer unit. Their stories play on three mobile devices in which they recall crimes and the criminals they were able to catch using surveillance cameras and exceptional human facial recognition skills.
Their interviews were fed sentence by sentence to a Google image search, which yielded the images that accompany their words.
From the detail of the shape of an ear to the archaeology of the use of cameras and the creation of the recogniser unit inside the British society of the 1990’s, both narratives are illustrated through found images. The device of mobiles phones gives also a domestic scale to the larger societal storytelling that the videos address.
The work is normally shown on three mobile devices which play synchronously inside an open drawer.

The film was commissioned by the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung / Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne for an exhibition in 2020.