Bathroomcam_02 is a video installation that uses surveillance camera footage. I mounted a surveillance camera on the celling of a restroom near my classroom, and made a 15-minute video. However, because no one comes in and use the restroom during the shooting, it looks almost like a still image. The only thing that changes is time, which is marked by the clock time displayed in the upper left corner. The video is then displayed on a monitor. By holding back what the viewers wish to see and thus creating a disappointment, this work urges viewers to reflect on their own voyeuristic desire. On the other hand, it also lets us to pause and reconsider what it means to be private.
I intend to adapt the content of this video to restrooms that are near the exhibition space whenever it travels.
*Legal Issues: According to New York State Laws, it is legal to put a camera in a bathroom/restroom as long as there is a sign outside indicating the existence of the camera. I have taken precautions to prevent anyone from entering the space being recorded.