Abuse of the Public Domain

Abuse of the Public Domain is the first solo show of one of my favourite artists, Stanza.

It features large-scale projections of 2 works, which use live real-time data from CCTV cameras in London and New York.

uses data from a single fixed cctv camera in NYC, focusing on subjects as they pass below it.

ispy1.jpgAUTHENTICITY [Trying to imagine the world from everyone elses’ perspective, all at once] draws its imagery from cameras all over London. Bother works can be viewed via the Internet and turn us all into voyeurs of eerie “parallel realities.”

“CCTV systems are everywhere in the public domain. Millions of hours worth of data are recorded every day by these cameras. We are all unwitting bit part actors, in the filming of our own lives. Usually we cannot watch, the results are not collected for broadcast back to the public. Rather they are monitored, filtered, distributed and archived without our knowledge or permission.

The city has millions of CCTV cameras. One can take the sounds and images off live web streams to offer them back to the public for new interpretations of the city. In essence the city of London can be imagined as the biggest TV station in existence.�

Private View Thursday 8th December 7-9pm. Then open 9th December 2005- 23rd January 2006 at the http gallery in London.

Also on Networked_performance.