Artist Projects


Marie Sester

ACCESS addresses and explores the impact of surveillance and detection within contemporary society. It is a public art installation in which a robotic spotlight controlled by web-users tracks individuals in public spaces. An acoustic beam system directs sounds onto the same tracked persons, projecting audio that only they can hear. The individuals do not know who is tracking them or why. Nor are they aware of being the only person among the public hearing the sound. The trackers don’t know that their actions trigger sound towards the target. In effect, both the tracker and the tracked are in a paradoxical communication loop.

Project Updates

  • 2011: ACCESS is exhibited at Z33 – House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium

  • 2010 – 2011: ACCESS is exhibited at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) as part of Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870

  • 2009: «GLOW» installs ACCESS in Eindhoven’s train station, Eindhoven, Netherlands

  • 2008: A variation of ACCESS called ACCESS at the Public is permanently installed at Public Gallery, West Bromwich, UK

  • 2008: ACCESS is part of the Singapore Biennale (National Arts Council), Singapore

  • 2007: New and definitive version of ACCESS is produced and is planned as a limited edition of 5

  • 2006: ACCESS is installed at Casino Luxembourg–Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg

  • 2005: ACCESS is part of the collection and permanently installed at ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 2004: ACCESS is part of Villette Numérique Festival, Paris, France

  • 2003: A prototype version of ACCESS is exhibited at Eyebeam in New York

  • 2003: ACCESS premieres at SIGGRAPH, Emerging Technologies Exhibition, San Diego, USA

  • 2003: ACCESS receives an Honorary Mention in Interactive Art from Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

  • 2002: the first prototype is installed at Softopia Center, Gifu, Japan