A delayed digital intervention
Artists: Susanne Kudielka & Kaspar Wimberley

Row upon row of video cameras and digital cameras are lined up in multimedia stores such as Saturn or MediaMarkt, offering customers the chance to try them out before they make a purchase. Many of these devices save the users ‘test-shots’ onto the cameras memory.

If you stop to browse these photos and videos you often find a gallery of beautiful haphazard shots, mostly of the opposite shelf, some of friends, some of the photographer, and some of strangers.

Using under-cover guerrilla-style activities, we would like to create a digitalised intervention that places our own images and videos between the existing data found on the chips, disks and built in hard drives. We would continue to add new images and video sequences throughout the festival, hacking into every-day normality, while subverting and diverting consumerist thought processes.

Customers in the shop would stumble across these small playful narratives, while a festival audience would search for our interventions, and no doubt uncover additional coincidental narratives of their own.

3 narratives in development (starting points):

Mixed media
We will take the existing photos of shelves, friends and strangers, and rework them to introduce bizarre displaced elements, such as an astronaut, a dinosaur or a palm tree, before photographing the adaptations back onto the cameras in the store; corrupting digital information, to capture a fantasy rather than a reality.

Wish you were here
Using a similar technique, ‘wish you were here’ postcards are copied onto the cameras. By introducing the idea of escape our audience is invited to reflect on their immediate urban surroundings, the shop, the city and possibly the holiday for which they are buying a camera.

The infatuation of Herr Schmidt
We act like a customer who is infatuated with the camera specialist, observing this person using the equipment on the shelves, from simple espionage, to leaving love letters, questions and cryptic messages.

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