Red Eyed Sky Walkers / Silver Series, 2007–2011Outdoor/Indoor Networked Installation, Collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
Red Eyed Sky Walkers is a public art installation that assembles a series of props that aim at bringing forth the process of mediation and access to information in a world increasingly perceived through media. The work applies web and networked wireless technologies to explore the potentiality of the new architecture and protocols of wireless networks and their effects on public surveillance, data mapping, knowledge information, and social communication. In a playful way the viewer finds himself in the position of an observer as well as a subject of observation.
The installation in the Kumu Art Museum is comprised of two components: an outdoor floating cloud of ninety‐nine red spherical weather balloons inflated with helium and an indoor video projection featuring simultaneously real‐time video streaming from the surveillance cameras attached to the balloons, capturing live what is happening in the museum courtyard and archival visual material from YouTube.com, taken from the monitoring cameras of other urban public places around the world. The arrangement enables the real‐time streaming of surveillance data and YouTube clips to interplay with each other in an augmented visual experience that constructs a visual narrative connecting the real and the virtual environment. The setup is designed to produce an aesthetic experiment that reflects on the interaction between networked technologies, media, and physical experience. The installation presents a constant shift between voluntary exposure and involuntary surveillance.
Jenny Marketou, Red Eyed Sky Walkers / Silver Series | photos: Verena Hütter