Information:-This online networked artwork uses live real time images from a surveillance camera in New York City . Someone is always watching you in a world of total surveillance culture. This artwork deals with the aesthetics of surveillance, the voyeuristic implication of the watchers, as well as who controls the data and has access to the data. "You Are My Subjects", turns real time surveillance images into a publically engaged open network artwork. The "subjects" in this case are the city dwellers and street walkers made visable to global audience via the internet which acts as a gallery to display the work . You are My Subjects is an artwork by Stanza.
This piece is available for exhibition as an installation in a gallery. "You Are My Subjects" uses data from a single fixed camera in New York, focusing on subjects as they pass below it. The work can be viewed in a web browser via the internet. The artwork turns us all into voyeurs of eerie 'parallel realities'. What you see are real time shifting paintings.
Context:- Millions of hours of CCTV surveillance information are watched in private closed off networks. Surveillance and 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 and the city can now be imagined as the biggest TV station in existence. - Stanza 2004
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Ammendment 2010. This artwork worked in real time from 2004 to 2010. After which the single camera feed stopped working. This artwork is now a simulation of the real time experience using a series of back up images and is the feed comes from a proxy server instead.