camera/whore focuses on creating an open space for new media art involving interactive installations. Inspired by the rise in personal and professional photography and digital recording on and offline, camera/whore borders between real and mediated time and space. camera/whore provides a participatory service/space, an open form/forum activated by the viewers/viewed blurring the boundaries between artist/audience,spectator/spectacle, and consumer/consumed.
camera/whore’s name is appropriated from net culture. Popularized by the home webcam, “camera whore” or “cam whore”, is an internet slang developed by the rapid trend of digital representations. The slash (/) is inserted to draw attention to the separation of both the camera and the participant while simultaneously causing internet search engines to separate the terms as different items.
"What sets camera/whore apart from the typical art show you’d see in Vancouver is absolute audience involvement, an element that its creators want to bring to their shows. Matt Troy and Erica Lapadat-Janzen have brought together a group of photographers and visual artists to take part in camera/whore, a dynamic—and at times racy—new approach to art in the city."
-Rachel Morten, Beatroute Magazine, July 2012.
"The first camera/whore has already achieved legendary status as a Vancouver performance/party."
-Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun, May 2012.