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Veillance, 2023


The 28th International Symposium
on Electronic Art edition 

16 - 21 May 2023, Forum des images, Paris


In his works, Louis-Philippe Rondeau develops devices that explore self-representation and performance in a playful and unconventional manner. His research-creation approach reveals as much a search for simplicity of design for users, as an interest in the complexity of computer code. Situating his research in the context of media archaeology he seeks to reinterpret forgotten and marginalized media forms using contemporary digital tools. He is a professor at the School of Digital Arts, Animation and Design at UQAC (NAD-UQAC), and his practice stems from his work in the field of digital visual effects in Montreal.

Interactive installation

TV monitor, camera, aluminium, acrylic, electronics, computer

Dimensions : 210 cm x 120 cm x 20 cm

Veillance is an interactive installation that performs a full-size scan of individuals on a large screen. In doing so, it makes an inventory of all the people it has interacted with in a vast mosaic.

Developed by Steve Mann, the concept of veillance is the state of mutual scrutiny that arises between citizens and institutions constantly snooping on each other. In Veillance, while we contemplate the scanned images of other individuals, the installation captures our portrait – and adds it to its archive. However, given the nature of the scanning process, we can evade capture via our gestures – altering our appearance over time – thereby hijacking the scanography process.

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