For the past 16 years I have been taking pictures with netcams in real time. My archive contains about 4 million images currently. The installations of images from the series WALLPAPER are made up of many, if not hundreds of these images. They have all been harvested from publicly accessible cameras, located all over the world. These images get printed as a paperhanging, pinned or rather hung individually or framed to the wall, where they compose the picture as a whole. A single wallpaper can be composed of images, photographed throughout the past 16 years, or just over a period of 10 minutes.
Thus the works of the series WALLPAPER show extracts of my archive. On the one hand they discuss matters of the archives, which means collecting data (Big Data), algorithmic pattern recognition, classification in categories etc., on the other hand they present the world as a kind of meta-reportage – unadorned in front of automatically cameras, as much in private as in public spaces.
In the videos, the images get arranged and computed cross-faded to a video-file.
Kurt Caviezel’s project is part of the group exhibition Archivi del futuro, curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.