We live in an age of seemingly ever increasing surveillance. And while we are told that these measures are harmless and ultimately taken for our safety, the fact remains that we are increasingly being watched. The Watcher straddles both sides of the debate: surveillance is regarded as harmless and necessary by some while others see it as invasive police/government overreach that erodes our right to privacy.
The installation consists of a camera hooked up to a computer, which then process the video feed through motion-tracking algorithms, which in turn directs the eyes’ movement. Special thanks to Justin Windle for the motion-tracking code. The Watcher was created using custom software written by the artist in Flash/Actionscript 3. The installation measures 10’ x 6’.
The Watcher was exhibited from June 6th to June 13th, 2009, sundown to sunrise.
This piece was renamed from The Brooklyn Zoo to The Watcher in 2018.