do you cover your webcam?
i’m creating a deep archive, titled 2019 – Present, of used webcam covers (what I consider among the world’s smallest protest signs, among other things) and would love to collect yours…need not be fancy or flashy.
i can send you a special artist-made webcam cover as a thank-you.
thanks to all the friends, students, and strangers-at-airports, cafes, libraries, etc who have humored me and donated so far…
304 w crest ave
tampa, fl 33603
to request a prepaid envelope for mailing your webcam cover email me at email@example.com
Photos of the First Known Collection of Webcam Covers
by Elizabeth Renstrom, Vice Magazine, 12/23/19
“…Our webcams are in such an intimate space, staring at us unblinking, as a sort of default open aperture for most people. You have to make a choice to close it, and this choice is represented by the most modest, casual means, often in relief against the sleek design of our computers—it’s a fantastic clash and the covers became analogous to me of a protest sign (I think of them as the world’s smallest protest signs) or a gate, a Band-aid (sometimes literally), a panopticon, etc.
Years earlier, in 2010, I had read about the tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers University, spurned by being outed through webcam spying by his roommate, which made such a strong impression on me. Last, in the past few years, I’ve been thinking more about objects that are about images—a kind of ‘metadata,’—objects that are about images, vision, and visibility. And last, the 2016 New York Times article Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too that features an incidental view of his webcam cover lingering in the lower left-hand corner of a tweeted office image.
As a thank you to those who submit to the used webcam cover project via snail mail, I send a small webcam cover I produce that is a photographic sticker—a very zoomed-in image detail (so zoomed in it’s almost abstract if you don’t know what it is) of Zuckerberg’s webcam tape cover.”