THE FILMS OF MERIDIANS

 

A FILM BY FRANK SMITH

 

Video, 27 min, 2020

 

 

Surveillance is the monitoring of behavior, activities, or information for the purpose of influencing, managing or directing. 

Video surveillance (or video protection, which is sometimes the official term) is a system of cameras and image transmission, set up in a public or private space to monitor it remotely; it is therefore a type of remote surveillance. 

The images obtained with this system can be processed automatically and/or viewed and then archived or destroyed. 

By 2021, there will be nearly one billion surveillance cameras worldwide. 

 

The International Date Line (IDL) is an imaginary — and arbitrary — line on Earth's surface that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole. When you cross the IDL, the day and date change.

In 1851, England designated the Prime Meridian (0° longitude) as the meridian running through Greenwich Observatory. They were the dominant seafaring nation in that era, had colonies around the globe, were using state-of-the-art mechanical clocks, and were scientifically qualified to establish a standard. 

Standard time zones are 15 degrees wide, since 360 degrees divided by 24 hours equals 15 degrees per hour. They are numbered by hour starting from the Prime Meridian, which runs through Greenwich, England. The Greenwich clock shows what's called Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

 

While due to the generalized confinement, we can no longer travel, here is The Film of Meridians which proposes a round-the-world tour in 24 minutes through the 24 time zones of the planet by taking images filmed by surveillance cameras. 

 

 

Frank Smith, May 2020