MICHAEL C COLDWELL
The Disappearing City
Aura & Trace
Temporal Illusions (Blog)
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Spectral Topographics (Blog)
Music and Sound
YOU CAN WATCH ME SLEEPING / EMPTY ROOMS (2020)
music video was created as part of the multimedia project Virtual Private Broadcast. It was released under the alias Conflux Coldwell. You can explore the rest of the project here.
The work explores the hauntology and materiality of webcams in the age of coronavirus.
"Alongside weather cams and traffic surveillance footage, private CCTV feeds of people’s front doors and garages, and weird flickering blank screens left in the dark, you come across countless sex shows and people asleep in their bedrooms. Adding to the creepiness and alienation of Shodan's view are the sound streams, spectralised beyond all recognition by shit microphones and poor bandwidth. Many of the tracks were created by turning up the gain on feeds from empty rooms, trying to listen for clues in the garbled noise floor - a process not dissimilar to ghost hunting (see EVP). Out of context these feeds seemed disconnected and isolating, yet created by communication technologies supposedly designed to help bring people together."