Winter Hof (2012), looping 4K video (sample excerpt)
Winter Hof is video project that explores cycles of time and daily ritual. It also engages on our natural voyeuristic tendencies. The video is structured on a 24-hour cycle of observations in a Berlin apartment complex. During the short days of winter, indoor lights are often turned on allowing everyone to see into each other’s apartments and by extension, into each other’s lives.
Winter Hof also reflects on historical examples of lateral surveillance, such as the Nazis and Stasi, with an eye on the present political atmosphere. Lateral or participatory surveillance is now reaching beyond our immediate neighbours and extending into social media. We no longer need to have our lights on for other people to see into our lives. There is an emerging culture of democratized digital surveillance in which security and entertainment have blurred into voyeurism.