hunting for prey (2016)
hunting for prey (2016), found objects, hunting camera, monitor, and organic materials, Katarokwi-Kingston, Ontario (installation view at Queen's University), photo by Chris Miner.
"My work hunting for prey elucidates my thinking on this notion of creative function creep. In addition to recording images on hunting cameras in situ, I also install cameras within the art gallery setting. This installation fixes a hunting camera to a tree branch and monitor in a gallery space. The hunting camera is
intended to capture the movement and identities of audience members who enter and leave the gallery space. hunting for prey demonstrates the abilities of the camera and its new intent to capture gallery-visiting interlopers. Inspired by landowners’ use of the technology, hunting for prey provides audience members
with the opportunity to engage with the surveyor (the artist[s] and audience member[s]). The hunting camera acts as a form of CCTV camera, with the purpose of capturing the identities of those who enter the gallery space. In this instance, I have creeped the intent of the camera and produced a new object that unpacks the utility of the hunting camera and how its function has been creeped by landowners." (McKnight, Surveillance & Society, 2020)