Work in Progress
I have always had a fascination for motion and cinemagraph. I enjoy watching small movements or details, such as a flying strand of hair or a bird leaping, in public and loves recording them. I always thought these little, insignificant moments and motion are lost when viewed in the bigger picture full of life and movements and love to isolate them through the use of cinemagraph.
It was then that it occurred to me that my enjoyment of discovering these little moments was because it gives me a sense of voyeurism, of seeing and witnessing something that not everyone noticed, and that is not supposed to be seen all the time. This train of thought led me to the idea of surveillance and webcams, which had been a big issue in the modern digital age. Throughout my research, I discovered a website that allowed access to thousands of webcams all over the world that are sourced from both public webcams and those used in private households. I watched a lot of these webcams, which gave me a strange feeling of both superiority and fear, as I get to witness a range of behaviors that are not meant to be seen. This discovery intrigues me, as I get to observe movements and motion in a similar voyeuristic manner but in a completely different context. I decided to film these webcams and turn them into an animated piece. With New York City as the main focus, I shot almost all of the webcams from both in and out of the city and merge them into a buzzing cycle of life. The design of the animation was meant to showcase a sense of voyeurism, and that every movement, no matter how big or small, are always recorded and being watched at some point.
A collection of surveillance footage collaged into voyeuristic, looping animation.
Type 2 Spring 2017 Tom Ockerse
Some of the footages I captured:
Blow–ups of collage