After receiving feedback form my class mates last week during formative feedback I felt much more inspired to move forward with this project.
Continuing with the surveillance theme, my ideas went down the route of exploring how easy it is to be hacked and tracked online.
My initial train of thought took me down a route that I later came to realise was highly illegal. Innocently, I planned to hack into remote location web cams and record peoples faces as well as conducting screen recordings to trace their internet behavior. When I first started researching how to go about doing this I naively didn’t realise that this is a jail-able criminal offence. Oops!
I then had extensive conversations with my friend that studies ethical hacking who reassured me that remotely controlling a web cam is possible, and more importantly legal, if you have the devices owner’s permission. He told me he could write a code for Windows PC users to download and that would give me access.
I played with this idea for a while; the first hurdle I faced was that I do not know anyone that uses a Window PC, other than my father, so finding participants was the first thing I needed to do. The second thing I considered with this methodology was that the subject would be made aware that they’re under observation. This kind of counter acts my politic, that people are unaware of how easy it is to hack and track them online.
I was now at a crossroads, unsure of whether I wanted the project to become a performative piece as this is what I thought it would become if people where aware they where being watched. This isn’t necessarily what I wanted to produce so I have been brainstorming a few further ideas.
The reality of filming people as they use their digital devices is that I would probably end up with hours of banal footage of people sat, blank faced, typing. This is neither interesting or enhancing the idea of the invasive nature of the internet.
Editing this type of footage to look more suspicious and invasive does give it a bit more substance. Protecting the users identity with familiar obfuscation techniques allows the audience to question why this specific person is under surveillance.
I personally get really excited by the work of Rachel Maclean, her work always makes such strong political comments on our generation and the visuals make this message carry in an interesting way.
I will post again in more detail about her work and what take away’s from her work can be incorporated into my own project. But as for now, I want to experiment with creating ‘boomerangs’ – something I think is particularly popular on the internet at the moment and how this hyper lapse technique will add to the annoying atmosphere I intend to instill in the viewer.
I also plan to revisit post-internet artists’ work who have inspired me in the past, as I want to experiment more with glitch art and have some vivid ideas about how to incorporate some mouse trails and clicks.