Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ.live) was an Internet-based exhibit. All the works were mounted in a room at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The works could only be seen through a surveillance camera which was previously mounted on the ceiling of the room. The user could control its gaze: pan it, tilt it, or zoom it.
These videos were captured by a Paik/Abe video synthesizer designed in the 1970s. They arise as an exercise of experimentation, where I decide to navigate through Chatroulette and have the most boring conversation with a stranger. It reveals a certain nostalgia in the gaze that seeks to look back to the past.
Now the gaze is given by a surveillance camera, by the electronic eyes, and with it there is a change of perception, a loss of the gaze.
What is it that is lost? The eye sees, but the eye can't hold.