Donna Ferrato

We Live in Public
Location: New York
Nationality: American/Italian
Biography:   Donna Ferrato is an internationally acclaimed photojournalist known for her groundbreaking documentation of the hidden world of domestic violence. Her seminal book   Living With the Enemy   (Aperture, 1991) went into four... read on
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We Live in Public
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Made the Top Ten Best InstallationsJOSH HARRIS, QUIET: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, 1999On the cusp of Y2K, 150 participants lived together under twenty-four-hour video monitoring in a three-level loft in lower Manhattan, staging a deranged, dystopian social sculpture. In exchange for free lodging and meals, user-residents agreed to make every minute of their lives visible (via closed-circuit broadcast) to all others in the compound.This hydra of self-display, voyeurism, social control, and surveillance—masterminded by ’90s dot-com developer Josh Harris—anticipated the Internet’s coming deluge of realness, liveness, and simultaneity. Just as the new millennium began, Harris’s project imploded in all-out pandemonium. Twelve years later, clips of undressed, drugged-up subjects in baby pools humming off-key tunes haunt the Web like howling ghosts of the prophecy QUIET performed.View from within Josh Harris’s QUIET: We Live in Public, New York, December 31, 1999. Photo: Donna Ferrato


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