“Buscando Al Sr. Goodbar” is a journey through Murcia, Spain that involves a search for the locations and authors of various YouTube videos produced in the city. If the longitude and latitude coordinates are included with a video when publishing it on YouTube, then this video automatically appears on a GoogleEarth map and connects it to a physical location. A bus tour was organized by Michelle Teran, who visited Murcia repeatedly via GoogleEarth and started to get to know intimately some of the people living there through the YouTube videos they produced.
Monthly Archives: February 2009
A series of urban interventions throughout the city of Oslo. The city of Oslo provides the source and the projection surface for an open-air urban cinema.
Life: a user’s manual is a series of performances that exposes and examines the hidden stories captured by private wireless CCTV streams and how they are overlaid with the more tangible and perceptible spaces of the city.
A proposal for illuminating the interiors and daily actions of everyday Girona. Live and recorded videos of the city’s interiors are projected back onto building façades along the River Onyar.
Parasitic Video Network, overlaid upon an architectural space such as an office building, shopping mall or park, is a live video installation of 25 low-range wireless video security cameras, that temporarily transforms an everyday space simultaneously into a gaming environment and live film set to be explored by moving through it.
The Parasitic Video Interceptor (aka The Spy) is portable device that captures and records live feeds from wireless surveillance cameras and augments them with a live sound scape consisting of live and pre-recorded audio that is generated by the visitors movement through an architectural space.
Wireless surveillance video, transmitting from offices, streets, stores and homes, was intercepted walking through different city streets while carrying a commercial model video scanner.
An animated selection from this archive, separated over three screens, cycles through scenes from Brussels, Berlin, Chicago, Seoul, Barcelona, Montreal, and other cities throughout Europe and North America. Moving from the commercial space to the street, to the home, the bed, to the televisual (television wirelessly distributed between rooms in homes can also be intercepted), and finally moving back out into the urban nightlife, parallel stories start appear, and cities start to merge into a meta-narrative of contemporary urbanity as depicted through the eyes of the surveillance camera.
Two separate events are monitored in March and July of 2003. To the left, police surveil the crowd at an anti-Iraq war protest in Amsterdam, and broadcast live video back to central command. To the right, a television crew sends live video from the street at the Love Parade in Berlin.
A collective act of recall is enacted to understand the psychological effects of the militarization of a city. Done through the act of walking and with the residents of Quebec City.
Exploration #5 is a look into the daily activities of an office building environment and how role, function and personal history direct different people’s movements and engagements with these spaces.