Video | 8:44 min., 2016
« Ça roule ? » (= How’s it going?) is a video project made in collaboration between the artists Elen Hallégouët and Hannah Todt. The work is dealing with the questions of video surveillance in public and private space. In a society where individual monitoring is on the rise, the artists question the effect of an absurd disturbing element in an environment that is facing absolute control – in this case places where the actions of individuals are meticulously supervised and recorded. Another aspect of the work is the topic of private life on the internet. Places that are separated in time and location are being connected by a roll of paper, a symbol for the game between space and time as well as a disturbing and in this context strange object. The artists took advantage of the generalized video surveillance to create both a real and virtual and sonorous drawing. Based on web pages like insecam.org*, which give access to surveillance cameras worldwide, the artists started looking for potentially locatable places. Thanks to evidence on some videos and Google StreetView the artists could locate the exact addresses of six cameras in Austria and France, their home countries. In using a roll of paper to connect the different places an anamorphic path is being formed within the recordings. The video montage generates a paradox between space and time, which was realized in form of an in-situ performance and is accompanied by sound. Based on the idea that sound can be visualized in waveforms the artists created a sonorous drawing that follows the path and movements of the roll of paper. The oscillator, made by Hannah Todt, is able to interprete these movements The result is a form of digital drawing that questions our actions in everyday life as well as the traces that we leave both in the virtual world and in reality.
*Insecam.org is a web page that registers private CCTVs worldwide, whos access codes have not been secured and thus remain publicly accessible. That means that the owners of these cameras can be unknowingly observed at home, at work et cetera at any given time.