Work:Function Creep, 2016, Digital images and Webcam, Duration: 3m 40s.
The phenomenon by which a technology designed or implemented for a limited purpose may gain additional, unanticipated purposes or functions.
A series of images collected from unprotected Internet protocol cameras around the world, assembled to take the viewer from apparently unobtrusive landscape surveillance to deeply private images that reinforce the importance of cyber-security.
The images range from natural landscapes to man-altered ones, cityscapes, workplaces and homes. All captured through either public cameras or private unsecured cameras — the latter contrasting the mass availability of technology and some user’s lack of respect for its power and inherent dangers, with many IP cameras set up in very private environments but left unprotected.
The appropriation of these images is a way of Function Creep as while these cameras may have been set up for many different purposes, most of them would not include giving a stranger the ability to gaze through them.
Vasco Fonseca is an Portuguese, London-based artist that mainly works with photography.
Interested in the physical aspect of film photography and the craftsmanship of darkroom work, book and print making, but also how photography integrates in the digital age and it’s non-physical states.
From a computer engineering background, and now studying a BA in Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster, Vasco is interested in the interactions between technology and art.