This might be the most disturbing art project we've seen yet. The millions of messages it sends are quite unnerving. Check it.
So, this guy Willem Popelier, a Dutch visual artist, popped into a store and started checking out what was saved on a demo laptop. And ... well, we'll let him tell it.
“On one showroom computer in a store, I found 91 pictures and 2 movies made by two girls.” says Popelier's website. “After some research I now know that they made a total of at least 153 pictures and 2 small movies in about an hour on the showroom computer. They also deleted a lot of pictures. When you are aware of this, the pictures that you can see become more important. What could be seen in the deleted pictures, and why did these girls keep the ones now visible?”
But Popelier didn't stop there. One of the girls was wearing a necklace with her name on it, so Popelier was able to track down their social networking sites. And as part of his exhibit, he printed up a year's worth of tweets from one of the girls. However, for the purpose of his display, Popelier has censored every identifying detail from the girl's tweets and the images, including the necklace with her name on it.
Owni.eu says Popelier portrays himself as a “dirty 28 years old man, twice the girls’ age, who has been looking at them and collecting their digital traces.” Kinda makes you second-guess that whole “letting your 14-year-old have a Facebook account” thing, huh?