Who doesn't want to play traffic cop?

Dries Depoorter and surveillance-turned-art

Dries Depoorter made his debut with Trojan Offices at the IDFA Doclab expo 2014. Since then Dries is a popular guest at de Brakke Grond for various talks and exhibitions. Dries presented Jaywalking for the first time on IDFA Doclab 2015 in de Brakke Grond and now you can see his work in a retrospective show in Z33, Hasselt.

 

The 25-year-old Belgian artist has a talent for assembling widely accessible images and video streams into exhibits that feel provocatively intrusive. And he hopes they’ll spark his audience to consider the very real possibilities of using public data to invade personal privacy—or at least what we once believed to be private.The demonstration of surveillance-turned-art, titled Jaywalking, presents the sort of uncomfortably easy privacy invasion that Dries Depoorter has made his trademark. 

 

Jaywalking gives us an opportunity to watch traffic webcams and decide on the fate of pedestrians recklessly crossing the road. Old security monitors display live webcam footage of intersections in different countries. A counter at the bottom of the screen shows how much the fines are for the offense, depending on the country where it’s being committed. Depoorter then presents us with a dilemma: will we report the unsuspecting jaywalker? A single click of a mouse can send a screenshot of the violation to the nearest police station.

 

A retrospective show assembling years of Depoorter’s surveillance-themed works opened 27 March 2016 at the Z33 gallery in Hasselt, Belgium.
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