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I approached this semi-autobiographical piece, by exploring the virtual social sphere of cam-to-cam online chatting while also investigating the risks posed on spectatorial distance.  I question if this 'real-time', digital camera, invites spectators to ignore the constructed aspects of web cam images. Users may correlate the webcam to the referential or reality-producing aspects of photography, because linking a camera to a computer produces these images.


To create the work, I constructed an avatar, which I named Sexy Cindy, and edited digital video stills from live Yahoo chats. I also posted an ad on Craigs List, a web site that provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, personals, services, local community, and events. The ad communicated a desire to chat with men regarding their intimate fantasies.


The results remain as testimony of my drive to “peel back” the erotic in order to reveal some other fundamental social reality which underlies an individual’s continual involvement with internet cam-to-cam relationships. 

The chat sessions occurred daily for approximately two months. Presentation of the work includes two 40X30 digital images, an 8x10 invitation post, and a 45:11 min. Simulated, chat video compilation. 

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