In collaboration with Martin Peach, Robert Prenovault, Matthieu Sabourin
Surveillance is the new norm. Everyday our movements are invisibly tracked on the internet and by networks of technology discreetly embedded into the very fabric of our lives. We are literally all on TV 24/7 as video cameras record our daily actions. Our buildings, streets, computers, mobile devices, vehicles and even clothing are equipped with cameras that have the ability to record and use our images without our consent in ways in which we can only begin to imagine. Yet, we remain largely inured to the consequences of these technologies and subdued by their entertainment value, ability to connect us globally, and the sense of security they seem to provide.
"TV tracker" is an ambulatory sculpture that literally follows viewers and simultaneously displays their images on the screen. When a viewer changes direction, the TV changes directions as well.
An animated robotic artwork "TV Tracker" is meant to disarm gallery goers by creating a playful engagement with them as it follows our movements and literally puts us on TV.
There is something inherently old fashion about "TV tracker." Despite its use of contemporary imaging and tracking technologies, it is ultimately a mechanical object with almost endearing human-like qualities. Hopefully, these qualities will draw us in and act as a friendly reminder that we are constantly under surveillance. While someone may not actually be out there watching, our actions are being recorded and these images will come back to haunt us in unexpected ways.
Programming: Martin Peach
Fabrication: Robert Prenovault
Production Assistant: Matthieu Sabourin
The artist gratefully acknowledges Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association Professional Development
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