LURKING THROUGH LENSES

Curated by Marthe van de Grift

Closing off our LAYERS OF REALITY series, we're unleashing the voyeur that hides inside you! Here's a selection of works that push the boundaries of privacy and make you awkwardly aware of your all-consuming eyes. How far are you willing to go for your own entertainment? Digg in, little voyeur! ↓
 
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10 MINUTES OLDER by Herz Frank 
 
In 10 MINUTES OLDER Herz Frank invites you to gaze into the turbulence of the inner worls of a toddler for ten minutes. Since the camera work is so minimal, the focus is on the transformations in the facial expression of the toddlers. They seem to be intensely caught in a screenplay. After watching this video, you wonder what impact these 10 minutes of beingh immersed in this virtual world has had on the life of these toddlers, only to realise: you grew 10 minutes older.
 
 
INSIDE by Dimitris Papaioannou
 
In a highly aesthetic Hopper-like setting of an apartment, an increasing number of young actors silently and relentlessly repeat the same minimalistic loop of routines for six hours. The repetition of coming home, showering, eating and sleeping is performed with minimal variations. There is no narrative, nothing evolves, nothing transforms, no interaction. But once you manage to dive into this choreography of nothingness, it stirs something inside. It's like looking at yourself from the outside, becoming a spectator of your own life. Time and space are dissolving.
 
INSIDE is a melancholic play orginally made for theatre, where visitors could come and go as they felt. You can now watch this piece from the comfort of your home.
 
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"Use it for your desktop, for meditation, for company, for contemplation, for a lullaby. It's meant to invite you to get lost in it and meet yourself."

- Dimitris Papaioannou 

 
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TRACKING TRANSIENCE by Hasan Elahi

Big Brother is watching you! Artist Hasan Elahi was once arrested at the airport because he was accidentally on the FBI no-flight list. For a longer period of time he had to report to the police station and reveal every detail of the past half year of his life.

How do you protect your privacy in a world where everything is catalogues, archived and recorded? Elahi decided to take control and started time stamping his life in every moment and uploading this to his online database for everyone to see.

At the moment there are over 64,000 images on his website, but in his barrage of noise, he actually lives a very anonymous and private life. There is not one photo with him on it. He subsequently released but defence agencies still show up on the visitors list of his website. But now they're looking at art. Have a try and roam his user-unfriendly interface: TRACKING TRANSIENCE 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THE HOTEL by Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle has always had a little voyeuristic side to her. When she found everyday objects left by somebody in hotel rooms, she fantasised about possible  narratives and owners. Later on when working as a chambermaid, she was intrigued by the different ways people occupy the room. Calle would secretly explore and document the private belongings and writings of hotel guests, resulting in portraits of the room through its occupants. By inviting us to immerse ourselves in the narratives of her observations, she makes us complicit in her voyeurism. Even as we question it: THE HOTEL

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