In 2004, Jill spent 31 days in Liverpool, during which time she developed a close relationship with Citywatch (Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council), whose function is citywide video surveillance- the largest system of its kind in England.
The videos in her Evidence Locker were staged and edited by the artist and filmed by the police using the public surveillance cameras in the city centre. Wearing a bright red trench coat she would call the police on duty with details of where she was and ask them to film her in particular poses, places or even guide her through the city with her eyes closed, as seen in the video Trust.
Unless requested as evidence, CCTV footage obtained from the system is stored for 31 days before being erased. For access to this footage, Magid had to submit 31 Subject Access Request Forms – the legal document necessary to outline to the police details of how and when an ‘incident’ occurred. Magid chose to complete these forms as though they were letters to a lover, expressing how she was feeling and what she was thinking. These letters form the diary One Cycle of Memory in the City of L– an intimate portrait of the relationship between herself, the police and the city.
Complete List of Works:
Control Room. DVD, Diptych Video Projection. Edited CCTV footage. 10 min loops.
Trust. DVD, Edited CCTV footage with audio. 18 min.
Incident_Retreived. DVD, Edited CCTV. 7 min.
Final Tour. DVD, Edited CCTV with soundtrack. 2:14 min.
Police Log. Audio CD. 23 min.
One Cycle of Memory in the City of L. Printed Book, 80 pages.
Privacy Zones_kitchen&bath. DVD, 8 min loop.
Privacy Zones_My Room Green Room. DVD, 8 min loop.
On www.evidencelocker.net , you can download One Cycle of Memory in the City of L to get daily letters and CCTV video files from Magid’s Evidence Locker.