Original Creative Work
Faculty of Education and Arts
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
The critical review discusses contemporary issues of community policing, neighbourhood watch and a political culture of surveillance surrounding the PVI Collective’s performance art project Inform and its play on a form of cultural ambivalence between the pleasures of voyeurism and surveillance. It identifies the critical contemporary question concerning the political predominance of a national surveillance culture and its fragile balance between social dysfunction and responsible communal behaviour, and the potential for performance art to successfully negotiate and uncover these cultural problems.