Remote Viewing is an expanding collection of stills and video sourced from unprotected web-based surveillance cameras. The cameras exist globally and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The feeds that I revisit most frequently are are nearly void of human presence. Some scenes have small elements like faraway radio towers or pathways that serve as distant reminders of occupation, marring otherwise empty landscapes. As an Indigenous person who wasn’t raised with traditional teachings I’ve struggled with my relationship to the land and I think often of how I feel more connected to these disparate places than my home territory.
Taylor Jolin is an Ojibwe multidisciplinary artist from Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Her work engages with themes of land and place, non-verbal communication, and surveillance-using these elements as a way of contextualizing overarching investigations about intimacy. Presently she uses digital media and surveillance technologies in an ongoing process of collecting, analyzing and archiving globally sourced visual data. Jolin received her BFA from Algoma University in 2016 and has exhibited extensively locally and across Ontario. She is currently on the board of directors at 180 Projects, a volunteer-run gallery and experimental project space, and is a core member of the Indigenous Women’s Anti-Violence Taskforce and the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance.
This exhibition is made possible through the financial support of the City of Windsor Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund.