Technology often evolves in unexpected and unforeseen ways. Take for example the webcam, invented 25 years ago by caffeine-loving computer scientists.
Date: 15 – 18 May
Location: A Lab
Time: 12.00 – 19.00 hrs
In order to find out whether a stroll to the coffeepot was worthwhile, they came up with the solution to connect a camera to the office network, which would be filming the pot. This way, everyone could monitor the supply of fresh coffee from the comfort of their desk. Would they have thought a countless number of offices today are being monitored and streamed live onto the internet? By means of hacking, Depoorter gained access to these streams, from which he constructed ‘Trojan Offices’, giving us a live peek into worlds of unsuspecting workplaces and coffee pots.
Dries Depoorter is a media artist who uses programming language and digital media to create his work, usually concerning the internet. He lives online in Ghent, Belgium where he works on his Master degree in media art at KASK, School of Arts Ghent, and is inspired by the latest software documentation. Currently his main focus lies in giving away his own privacy by the means of software.