Video Exhibit Shows Private Footage From Unsecure Webcam Feeds
In an installation that questions our privacy and security, Dutch artist Pierre Derks takes content from IP cameras.
Dutch artist Pierre Derks‘ video installation ‘Screening Reality’ blends live reality with ‘screen’ reality to create an analog reaction to our screen-filled information society. It presents 805 live streams of unsecured IP cameras in a rotating mosaic, merged with TV-style elements like a news ticker.
Carefully determined live Twitter search results function as the subtitle of the streams. The installation is at LhGWR in The Hague until February 24th.
The exhibit allows visitors to peer into a variety of scenarios and while it is controversial due to its private nature, it also exposes weaknesses with security. 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 private characteristics of the ever-changing images reveal that most of the camera owners and those on screen are unaware of the unprotected Internet access to these cameras. The Verge reports that Derks spent a year hand-picking his feeds from the 8,000 he discovered online through Google searches or previously published web databases, and all he needed was an IP address and a camera brand name. You can see a preview of the video installation below: