Perched above the public, the artist selects individuals while looking through a telescope, and describes each in “objective” detail over a loudspeaker system audible to the subject and those around her/him. Nothing is hidden, all the mechanisms of the voyeur are exposed in the act of verbalizing the gaze, with the artist’s amplified voice demarcating a zone of surveillance. This performance turns surveillance inside-out, presenting spectators as spectacle, and audience as both subject and object. Outpost is included in the program for the exhibition Scenic Overlook and activates the themes of observation and movement present in the show.
Lou Mallozzi is a sound artist based in Chicago who makes performances, installations, and recorded works. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is executive director of Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.