Final Project

Everywhere They See Me

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This piece is my attempt to capture both mundanity and a sense of something overwhelming, or the slightly sinister. I screenshot footage from security cameras around the world from a database called “insecam.org.” My intent was to capture moments from a variety of settings we find ourselves in daily, ideally with people present and active, and then to curate these short sequences by similarity. For instance: malls, offices, outdoor sports venues, etc. Footage being grouped together like this allows us to see that “privacy” is not so secure, and that being “watched” is just part of the deal if we want to partake in modern life. Alternately, this video amassment is a way to save moments that would have been overlooked (as just normal life) rather than a security threat, and forgotten completely. In most circumstances, they would not be available to watch over and over by people halfway across the world.

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