Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

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Trojan Offices

An installation exploring the beauty and complexity of technology, and providing a glimpse into unsuspecting coffeepots and offices all over the world.

Twenty five years ago, at the Cambridge University computer lab, someone went to get a cup of coffee from the kitchen – only to discover the coffee pot was left empty by his collegue – yet again. Being caffeine-loving computer scientists, they connected a camera filming the coffee pot to the office network, so that from now on everyone could monitor the supply of fresh coffee from the comfort of their desk. The very first webcam was born.

Today, the webcam has become a cornerstone of surveillance and digital culture. To mark its 25th anniversary, IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond commissioned media artist Dries Depoorter to make an installation for the DocLab: Immersive Reality program. Countless numbers of webcams are currently streaming live to the internet, indexed by search engines without permission. With a simple hack, Depoorter gained access to them and curated what he found. The result is Trojan Offices, an installation exploring the beauty and complexity of technology, and providing a live glimpse into unsuspecting coffeepots and offices from all over the world.

This installation is part of the DocLab Expo: Immersive Reality presented by IDFA and De Brakke Grond.

Project details

Year of development :2014
Created by:Dries Depoorter

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