Sheriff Software

    • Dries Depoorter
    • Belgium
    • 2015
    • Physical, Interactive
    • World Premiere
    • DocLab: Seamless Reality, DocLab Program
    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.

    Credits

    • color / black and white
    • cross-platform
    Director
    Dries Depoorter
    Production
    Dries Depoorter
    Screening copy
    Dries Depoorter

    IDFA history

    2015
    World Premiere
    DocLab: Seamless Reality
    DocLab Program

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