Assembling, sharing and experimenting with private data of himself and random people found on the internet, digital artist Dries Depoorter tackles in a thought-provoking way issues like social identity, big data sharing, encryption and (the lack of) protection of our online privacy.
The installation automatically catches jaywalkers using live surveillance webcams and gives visitors the choice to report them to the police. Jaywalking gives us an opportunity to watch traffic webcams and decide on the fate of pedestrians recklessly crossing the road. Monitors display LIVE unprotected surveillance footage of intersections in different countries. Depoorter then presents us with a dilemma: will we report the unsuspecting jaywalker? A single press of the button can send a screenshot of the violation to the nearest police station with an email. It’s a playful interactive installation that almost feels like a game. But your decision is not virtual. It let the visitor think about police automatisation.
© Dries Depoorter