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BRBXOXO "searches online sexcam sites and only broadcasts feeds when the performers are absent."

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posted by the man of twists and turns (65 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw a glimpse of an elbow and then the image went black and the one under it lit up and now I am unnerved but also David Lynch eat your heart out.
posted by griphus at 4:21 PM on November 20, 2013 [5 favorites]


Somewhere, someone's fetish prayer has finally been answered.
posted by Token Meme at 4:24 PM on November 20, 2013 [22 favorites]


It's not like about what's there, man. It's about what isn't there, you dig?
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:25 PM on November 20, 2013 [6 favorites]


I saw one that looked like someone's stately library and thought "Bruce Wayne is a camgirl?"
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:25 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


Lots of unmade beds and chairs there. More intriguing are the cams that are pointing at the stove, a fireplace, a desk of drawers or an electrical cord running along the floor out of a door, etc.
posted by unliteral at 4:29 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Amazing how much rooms look like rooms.
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:30 PM on November 20, 2013 [4 favorites]


Excellent, now I have some sort of cue when not to masturbate. Maybe now I can get some housework done. Thanks, internet!
posted by not_on_display at 4:31 PM on November 20, 2013 [13 favorites]


I just saw a couch with some vague shadows. And then some panties landed on them. And then a bra. And then an arm came into frame. And then black.

It was awesome.
posted by Brainy at 4:32 PM on November 20, 2013 [13 favorites]


cue when not to masturbate

I think you're doing it wrong.
posted by Noms_Tiem at 4:32 PM on November 20, 2013


Aww yeah ninja porn.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 4:32 PM on November 20, 2013 [28 favorites]


If it's not obvious, these are all gifs by the way. Some of them perfectly timed.
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:33 PM on November 20, 2013 [3 favorites]


I keep expecting something horrifying to unexpectedly happen on one of these feeds.

I mean, besides the filthy woodwork.
posted by xingcat at 4:33 PM on November 20, 2013


Does that big white teddy bear with the tartan feet have a dick?
posted by unliteral at 4:33 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


I can't see how this is any different than pictures of my bed after I've left for work, or my chair at work after I've gone home for the day. (Rather than the implicit judgment and shaming for being related to sexual activity, of course.)
posted by malocchio at 4:34 PM on November 20, 2013


Where do you work?!
posted by kmz at 4:35 PM on November 20, 2013


At a place that is boring when empty.
posted by malocchio at 4:38 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


xingcat: "I keep expecting something horrifying to unexpectedly happen on one of these feeds."

Yeah - like every 500 loads, one of the gifs has the pop-up ghoul face.

(reloads)

Or, a teddy bear with a dong. Que sera, sera.
posted by jquinby at 4:38 PM on November 20, 2013 [8 favorites]


I saw one that seemed to have someone sleeping in it. Maybe it's a sex doll. The decor was wild. I took a screenshot. Pretty cool bed don't you think?
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 4:40 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is that supposed to be...Lenin's Tomb?
posted by jquinby at 4:41 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


The polar bear with the strap-on looks pretty resentful.
posted by batfish at 4:41 PM on November 20, 2013


At a place that is boring when empty.

The first step in avoiding a trap is knowing of its existence.
posted by griphus at 4:42 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is good
posted by Bwithh at 4:44 PM on November 20, 2013


Is that supposed to be...Lenin's Tomb?

WTF yes I think it is.

I...I...something something rule 34.
posted by Lutoslawski at 4:46 PM on November 20, 2013 [3 favorites]


V.I. Lenin, Sex Zombie.
posted by benito.strauss at 4:49 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


What is the sound of no hands fapping?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:56 PM on November 20, 2013 [14 favorites]


bzzzt... bzzzz... bzzzzzt... [heavy breathing] zzzzzzt... bzzzzz....
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 4:58 PM on November 20, 2013


Not only did someone leave, they took the TV.
posted by arcticseal at 5:03 PM on November 20, 2013


"Does that big white teddy bear with the tartan feet have a dick?"

That's a big 10-4, good buddy.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:04 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


All I can think of is just how low the bar is in these for production values, cinematography, etc.

I mean, you don't need to go to USC Film School, but jeez, people, do some scene composition and a little light balancing, fer Pete's sake. It looks like the camera fell off a shelf and wherever it landed is where it started recording.
posted by darkstar at 5:06 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is that supposed to be...Lenin's Tomb?

The Revolution will not be televised.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:06 PM on November 20, 2013 [4 favorites]


The first step in avoiding a trap is knowing of its existence.

Well, thank you Guatama.

I can't help but to see this as a rather puritanical critique of sexual work, and as such, it is somewhat contrived and trite.
posted by malocchio at 5:13 PM on November 20, 2013


On the other hand, it could be a statement on censorship. I guess it's whatever the audience brings to it.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:16 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


If it's not obvious, these are all gifs by the way. Some of them perfectly timed.

(cue Dennis Hopper freaking out, shouting "my money, my money")
posted by Sticherbeast at 5:20 PM on November 20, 2013


Pablo Garcia did a previous art piece revolving around sexcams and the artist statement there is pretty comprehensive.
posted by griphus at 5:20 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Er, pretty comprehensive w/r/t his views on the public presentation of sexuality.
posted by griphus at 5:21 PM on November 20, 2013


Webcam Venus
Waiting
Webcam House III
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:22 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've had one with an etching of fellatio as part of the decor, so I'd say yes to the title.

Pretty cool art project though. It definitely had me fooled until someone pointed out these are .gifs.
posted by codacorolla at 5:36 PM on November 20, 2013


All I can think of is just how low the bar is in these for production values, cinematography, etc.

I mean, you don't need to go to USC Film School, but jeez, people, do some scene composition and a little light balancing, fer Pete's sake. It looks like the camera fell off a shelf and wherever it landed is where it started recording.


I've known women with websites who claim that when they up the production value, they actually lose membership/ income. It makes sense, in a weird way, that amateur pornography needs to look like it was made by an amateur in order to be recognized as such.
posted by GrumpyDan at 5:47 PM on November 20, 2013 [6 favorites]


Pablo Garcia did a previous art piece revolving around sexcams and the artist statement there is pretty comprehensive.

I find a lot of value in that, and wish that this project had the same type of context. Maybe I just missed it?
posted by malocchio at 5:52 PM on November 20, 2013


Does that big white teddy bear with the tartan feet have a dick?

Oh don't be absurd. That is clearly a big white teddy bear with a strap on. What could be more normal?
posted by yoink at 5:56 PM on November 20, 2013


This write-up at Omni has some context.
posted by codacorolla at 5:57 PM on November 20, 2013


I was watching just now and one of the cameras was constantly going in and out of focus. I kept waiting for it to snap back into focus and for a black-haired girl in a medical gown with her head at a funny angle to be there when she wasn't before.
posted by sparkletone at 5:58 PM on November 20, 2013


so I guess it's consistent with the concept to NOT click either link, but just read these comments.
posted by philip-random at 5:58 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


I find a lot of value in that, and wish that this project had the same type of context. Maybe I just missed it?

No, I couldn't find an artist's statement for this one but I suspect the whole "is it real" is part of the project so they're probably waiting until they see how the internet reacts or something.
posted by griphus at 6:04 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


From the OMNI piece:

who, after all, is looking at furniture when there’s a nubile sexcam performer in the foreground

Doesn't everyone? That's like trying to identify the books on the bookshelves behind an interviewee.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:11 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


Then you may enjoy Lurid Digs (NSFW at all.)
posted by griphus at 6:13 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


No, I couldn't find an artist's statement for this one

The resulting secondary narrative creates a sense of digital loneliness, revealing the human details hidden in plain sight.

Wagenknecht explains how the “cam spaces” themselves layer a secondary narrative for the viewer:
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:18 PM on November 20, 2013


One thinks of all the hands
That are raising dingy shades
In a thousand furnished rooms.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:24 PM on November 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


I must be on the wrong Internet.
Where I come from, some of the people who have those rooms would have cats.
Which would have appeared
And been mentioned here by now.
Ergo they aren't there
Which is impossible
where I come from.
posted by hank at 6:43 PM on November 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
posted by jquinby at 6:46 PM on November 20, 2013


damn you
i was saving that
for lunch
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:50 PM on November 20, 2013 [3 favorites]


On the first page I caught a bed with a bunch of high-heeled shoes nicely arranged on shelves in front of it... and all this light-up stuff going on that was quite fancy. And then ever since then, it's nothing but people's sofas.
posted by Sequence at 6:51 PM on November 20, 2013


All those plastic chairs made me sad. If you're going to diddle yourself for the pleasure of others it'd be nice to have full circulation in your lower extremities.
posted by taterpie at 6:54 PM on November 20, 2013 [4 favorites]


But easily cleaned furniture has to rank quite highly too.
posted by arcticseal at 7:22 PM on November 20, 2013 [4 favorites]


Holy crap, that is my sister's bedroom. Fucking A.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:53 PM on November 20, 2013


No, I couldn't find an artist's statement for this one

The resulting secondary narrative creates a sense of digital loneliness, revealing the human details hidden in plain sight.

Wagenknecht explains how the “cam spaces” themselves layer a secondary narrative for the viewer:


Well, then, it's just bullshit, and a D+ effort (at best). God, I know people that crap better shit before breakfast, but at least that explains it.
posted by malocchio at 8:23 PM on November 20, 2013


This is the kind of thing that needs to be a Chromecast app when they (hopefully, eventually) release the final SDK. This, and one that just rotates through those random unsecured webcam feeds you can find.
posted by jason_steakums at 8:50 PM on November 20, 2013


Wait, OMNI is back?
posted by 256 at 8:53 PM on November 20, 2013


What a boring future it's turned out to be.
posted by Pudhoho at 9:06 PM on November 20, 2013 [3 favorites]


I can't help but to see this as a rather puritanical critique of sexual work, and as such, it is somewhat contrived and trite.

Maybe you should work on looking at it a different way? I see it as a funny, interesting take on sexual work, and not a critique at all.
posted by 3FLryan at 10:08 PM on November 20, 2013 [4 favorites]


benito.strauss: "V.I. Lenin, Sex Zombie."

FULL COMMUNISM!
posted by symbioid at 10:33 PM on November 20, 2013


Four rooms, empty of people; one with a glass door, one with a glass dong.
posted by davejay at 10:34 PM on November 20, 2013


For serious, JohnnyGunn? Or are you joking?
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 10:55 PM on November 20, 2013


Regarding the fact that it's all gifs and not actually being scraped -

I know it still gets the concept across but something about it being wizard of oz'd like this pisses me off. Isn't it kind of disingenuous?
posted by victory_laser at 11:42 PM on November 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


These Birds of a Feather: "For serious, JohnnyGunn? Or are you joking?"

Joking. But apparently not appreciated by too many (any?)'
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:11 AM on November 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


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