Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

People Staring at Computers

In July of last year, Kyle McDonald revealed a beautiful piece of media art. He had installed software on the computers in Apple Stores to capture webcam photos of the faces of those who stared at it. This earned him a visit from the Secret Service:

They rang the doorbell a few times. It woke me up, and I tried to ignore it. There were always kids playing with the doorbells in our apartment building. But the kids don’t normally shout, “this is the Secret Service, open the door,” so I took that as my cue to get out of bed.

An intriguing tale, told well, and made all the more terrifying for a media artist like myself working with similar subject matter.