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Category Archives: Video

Urban Takes Helsinki


Urban Takes Helsinki, a new project by Michelle Teran, looks at personal stories and different perspectives of Helsinki as depicted through online video. The project is created in collaboration with seven amateur videomakers living in the city who post their videos on YouTube.

The City is Creative


People meet in different ways now, even in the strangest of manners. Imagine flying over a city and witnessing all the things that are taking place there. Connect to Google Earth and find Eindhoven, a small city in the Netherlands. As you get closer, a number of YouTube videos appear on top of the city. Did you know about the man that juggles? That there is a flying saucer in a park? A young couple are moving into their new apartment? The people who like to dance tango or the person who is an aspiring singer? People broadcast their experiences. What if somebody tried to contact them back?

17 Cities


Wireless surveillance video, transmitting from offices, streets, stores and homes, was intercepted walking through different city streets while carrying a commercial model video scanner.

An animated selection from this archive, separated over three screens, cycles through scenes from Brussels, Berlin, Chicago, Seoul, Barcelona, Montreal, and other cities throughout Europe and North America. Moving from the commercial space to the street, to the home, the bed, to the televisual (television wirelessly distributed between rooms in homes can also be intercepted), and finally moving back out into the urban nightlife, parallel stories start appear, and cities start to merge into a meta-narrative of contemporary urbanity as depicted through the eyes of the surveillance camera.

Protest / Parade


Two separate events are monitored in March and July of 2003. To the left, police surveil the crowd at an anti-Iraq war protest in Amsterdam, and broadcast live video back to central command. To the right, a television crew sends live video from the street at the Love Parade in Berlin.

FM Buzz Sessions


A series of audiovisual compositions of wireless surveiallance feeds, found in different Montreal neighborhoods and within the vicinity of public wireless hotspots located within various bars, cafes and restaurants. The fragmented artwork is distributed across a selection of wireless hotspots, encouraging the user to drift from hotspot to hotspot to experience the totality of the work. Each fragment is unique to its hotspot, developing a relation between wireless art and its physical space-one must travel to a certain hotspot to experience a particular fragment.