Screenrecorded sketch preview of 'Streaming Reality:' a LIVE video installation by Dutch artist Pierre Derks.
In a rotating mosaic, Derks beams 805 different LIVE videostreams of unsecured IP cameras.
Exhibition 'Screening Reality'
27th of January 2013 until 24th of February at LhGWR, The Hague.
The private characteristics of the ever-changing images reveals that a majority of the camera owners and especially, the people being captured, are unaware of the unprotected internet access to these camera's. Even though unsecured IP cams have been a public secret for many years, and gets regularly revisited by the press; the streams show scenes like a family's evening on the couch, a baby in its cradle, a munchies-driven kitchen hunt or queuing people in a laundry shop.
The installation is part of Derks project titled ‘Screening Reality’ a visual research on the increasing degree to which ‘live’ reality must compete with its representation: a 'screen' reality; as we more and more look at the world through the screen of a smartphone, a tablet or through Augmented Reality glasses.
These unsecured IP cameras provide the purest form of a screen representation of the world. However, this perspective has been altered by Derks, as he merged the images with television-style elements like a news ticker and carefully determined LIVE twitter search results, that function as the narrative subtitles of the streams.
This results in a whole new fulgurous screen reality.