SAFE MAPPING AKA THEY ARE WATCHING!
real time webcam stream Romania / Canada
rear projection on 2 windows – 1st floor / the side of the building situated on Splaiul Independentei / Loading Open LAB
Loading Open LAB aka Magdalena & Bogdan Pelmus, Bucharest, Romania
Ulysses Castellanos, Faisal Anwar, Theo Pelmus, Ottawa & Toronto, Canada
Loading Open LAB is proud to initiate the Safe Mapping AKA They Are Watching! project, which puts together artists from Bucharest, Romania and Ottawa and Toronto, Canada.
This project has performative aspects that involves surveillance cameras taking footage from Canada and live feeding them to the base, Loading Open LAB in Romania.
The footage is presented along with and mixed with live footage taken from Bucharest, Romania with The People’s House and Dambovita River as a background.
The resultant visuals are video-projected onto the two windows of the building where Loading Open LAB is located and can be seen outside by the public. The public becomes a voyeur watching the most intimate shadows playing through the windows of a private home.
The two urban landscapes presented, you would be very surprised, dear voyeur, are not so different! Or you will discover depressing corners of Ottawa or Toronto streets without having to be there to give a dollar to a rundown homeless guy and smell Listerine. Or you can see the beauty of a maple tree waving its branches in the Canadian sky. Or you can find yourself projected into the daily Bucharest’s reality onto the People’s House’s background.
This project tries to map the images of two countries as are seen by five artists through the lens of surveillance cameras. These two images / countries cohabitate inside the same house, as in an experiment’s laboratory in which territories are difficult to define.