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In 2007, the world’s first public online surveillance programme was launched in Texas under the name of TBSC BlueServo Virtual Community Watch. The programme consists of a network of sensors and cameras installed along the border between Texas and Mexico. Internet users around the world can register as Virtual Texas Deputies to participate in border control. If these virtual assistant sheriffs see something suspicious, they simply send an email to the local authorities. Waltraut Tänzler uses the screenshots of the videos streamed, which were made as a virtual deputy, to protest against this dubious tactic to increase border security.
Waltraut Tänzler (West Germany, 1953) studied Art Education at the school of art in Braunschweig during the seventies, and worked at the Bundesakademie für kulturelle Bildung in Wolfenbüttel. Since 2003, she lives and works in Berlin as a visual artist. Tänzler’s work in progress EYES ON BORDERS was awarded the Special Prize by the Vevey International Photography Awards and will be exhibited at the presentation in 2016.