New era kaleidoscope

2012 Moscow: Polyot cinema; worldwide: https://vk.com/portal_kult_mos

Remote process of taking screenshots
with the help of surveiilance cameras
and infrared projectors

The legislative election on December 2011 ended with protests against its results and were called the Snow Revolution by some media. The protests were the biggest since the fall of the USSR, and their main innovation was that they were driven by the rise of activity of social networks and other digital media.

Huge amounts of photos and videos were circulating through all available networks. The other innovation, but less known, was the central surveillance system that was in the process of construction for about 5 years.

Almost all Russian children (and their parents, of course) remember New Year celebration shows. Their scripts have frozen somewhere in 1980s guides to a teacher how to organize children holidays.

In 2012 for the first time, official and always tedious municipal New Year shows were held in renovated cinemas included the innovative surveillance system with optical zoom and autofocus lenses. That situation recalled me reports of Moscow protests: the audience and strange mixes of Soviet cartoons, tales, battle between good and evil, and all this was inside Soviet modernist building without windows. For the most part of Russia’s population the protests were somewhere in a virtual world, like the other popular trends of 2010s, innovations and high tech production.

Powerful infrared pulse spotlights were installed before the shows, the data from video surveillance systems was acquired after them, and stills most suitable in style to be shown as ordinary photographic report  were exported and saved.

The stills presented to Moscow department of culture. Then they were published via social networks as plain photodocumentation by department PR team. The ‘exhibition’ took place on Vkontakte.ru, Russian widespread social network.