"Dead End Job" was created using a surveillance camera system connected to a digital video mixer. Using the movement of the urban environment surrounding the surveillance system as the launching point, the video mixer helps move the images into a blurry dreamscape. Feedback and colourization techniques turn buildings into rivers of architectural shapes as the city is transformed into an abstract dream world. The title refers to the context within which the work was created. The surveillance camera system used belonged to the arts centre in downtown Ottawa where I worked at the reception. The video was created during my work hours.
Ryan Stec is an artist, producer, and designer, working in both research and production. Interested in the cross sections of technology, creativity, and the built environment, his most recent work is focused on interventions that redefine how we experience the city around us. He has been heavily involved in the artist-run culture of Ottawa since 1998, is currently the Artistic Director of Artengine, and is completing a professional masters degree at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University.