bloc commissioned Kitchen Budapest to realize a time based, temporary, experimental land work, in a challenging environment, on the coast of West Wales. They asked 'what happens to the internet once it meets the coast?'

As a response, in the course of a three-days coastal residency in Pembrokshire, a group of three artists from Kitchen Budapest created the CoastWatch Project.

We built a temporary statue that aims to evoke the illusion of a CCTV. This object is very common all over the world. CCTV stands for Closed-circuit television so its signal is not openly transmitted. Usually it is being used for security reasons or general observance. It is an emblematic object that implicates the presence of an invisible surveillance system, which networks the world. This topic has been widely discussed mainly because of privacy issues.

The installation was equipped with a webcam, which was connected to the Internet. With the help of the webcam we streamed the creation of the piece and then it's view. By putting this regular object in an unusual context in a peculiar scale we proposed various discussions:

- Can this object become a statue and/or tourist attraction? - Creating tension by the juxtaposition of the rural landscape and a particular technology. - Is there anything to watch there? Do we need a surveillance cam out there? - Can a positive property be add to this object? - Transforming the negative property of the CCTV into an object that watches rather than the violence of big cities, the beauty of the Welsh landscape. - CCTV -> OCTV* (Open-circuit televison) - The astounding piece creates a unique moment to talk, doubt, rethink and imagine our future use of technology on the welsh coast.

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bloc is the only organization working across Wales specifically representing the interests of those engaged creatively with new technology. We work as information providers for artists and creative technologists, as facilitators, producers and more recently as a commissioning body for art and technology across Wales. bloc is a small-scale, highly collaborative and flexible agency that make links with local, national and international people and places to create great art with technology.

http://www.bloc.org.uk

Kitchen Budapest, opened in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams.

http://www.kitchenbudapest.hu/en

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Funders and supporters

bloc and the creators are immensely grateful to the Druidstone Hotel for supporting this residency.