Security camera installed by CAMP (Shaina Anand, Nida Ghouse, and Ashok Sukumaran with Mahmoud Jiddah, Shereen Barakat, and Mahasen Nasser-Eldin) as part of Al jaar qabla al dar (The Neighbour Before the House), 2009–, East Jerusalem, 2009. Photo: Nida Ghouse.

EARLY IN JANUARY 2007, the artists Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran hung a battery-powered remote control from a tree across the street from their apartment in Mumbai, along with a sign informing passersby (in Hindi and in English) that this was a public switch, which, when pressed, would turn lights on and off in apartment 23 of the building behind them. Whenever people operated the remote control and turned to locate the apartment, Anand or Sukumaran (or whoever happened to be over at the time) would walk to the windows and wave.

After thirty days, a counter attached to the receiver had recorded a total of 2,618 switches. Anand and Sukumaran had charmed, confounded, and confused their neighbors; they had made the acquaintance of six strangers; their friends had invented a routine of hitting the switch to signal their arrival and to say good-bye; and the building’s watchman had

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