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Framing Death – Crime is Everywhere

Sylvère Lotringer

Chris Kraus and Sylvère Lotringer | How to Shoot a Crime, 1987, Videostill | Courtesy: Sylvère Lotringer Archive

Chris Kraus and Sylvère Lotringer | How to Shoot a Crime, 1987, Videostill | Courtesy: Sylvère Lotringer Archive

Sylvère Lotringer looks at the impact of video-surveillance cameras on crime: its identification, definition, legal re-assembly and investigation.

Police videographer Johnny Esposito, described by Lotringer as a pioneering “semiotician of crime”, met up again with the theorist twenty-five years later, an encounter recorded in a taped interview made especially for this event. In the conversation the two revisit old themes (the use of video as a source for court-ready “neutral evidence”, the construction of narrative) in the light of the new technological developments employed by today’s control societies.