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Sheriff Software

Want to play traffic cop? Thanks to our monitored society, you can. Visit the scene of a crime by live webcam or inform the police of an offense.

All over the world, simple webcams are used to keep an eye on city traffic. The images recorded by these cameras can often be found, unencrypted, on the Internet. In Sheriff Software, media artist Dries Depoorter allows us to peer over the police’s shoulder – or even play traffic cop ourselves. JayWalking gives us an opportunity to watch traffic webcams and decide on the fate of pedestrians recklessly crossing the road. Old security monitors display live webcam footage of intersections in different countries. A counter at the bottom of the screen shows how much the fines are for the offense, depending on the country where it’s being committed. Depoorter then presents us with a dilemma: will we report the unsuspecting jaywalker? A single click of a mouse can send a screenshot of the violation to the nearest police station. Seattle Crime Cams turns us into ultimate long-distance disaster tourists, virtually present at the scene of the crime in Seattle. In this city, which is filled to the brim with traffic cameras, the police make the calls they receive available online. Using the latest calls, the closest live webcams are constantly zooming in on the very latest violations.

Selected for IDFA 2015 and eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction.

Presented as part of the DocLab: Seamless Reality program by IDFA and De Brakke Grond during DocLab Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence and as an interactive installation from 19-29 November.

Project details

Year of development :2015
Created by:Dries Depoorter

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Official website

http://www.driesdepoorter.be