I first heard about Insecam at a workshop run by an ex-hacker. I was fascinated to learn about this website, which streams live footage from hacked security cameras around the world. I used some footage from these security cameras in my group show earlier in 2020.
It’s fascinating to watch the footage: you can sort it by geography or type of place, and simply watch as it’s streamed directly to your computer, live. Watch punters at bars while they’re having a seemingly private conversation, or watch colleagues having a meeting in their office. I could spend hours trawling through the footage: pondering the strangeness that I am watching someone in a faraway place, as they go about their life without any idea that an anonymous woman in Australia is watching their every move on camera.
This footage is especially interesting now, during this time of COVID-19. Offices, restaurants, and roads are virtually empty. Humans are removed from the space and the spaces feel emptier: even more so because the reminders of human habitation remain. Stacked chairs, a salt lamp on a desk, an empty swimming pool.
See – and explore – for yourself.