One-Eyed Filmmaker Goes Bionic
‘Eyeborg’ Wants to Transform Loss Into Superhuman Strength
Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence, who lost an eye in a childhood accident, is determined to replace his artificial eye with a video camera and said he’s almost there.
Like the fictional bionic man, Spence wants to transform his loss into a superhuman strength. But instead of using his enhanced ability for secret agent-type espionage, he wants to use it for his art.
Calling himself an “eyeborg,” the 36-year-old, who is originally from California, wants to produce videos with his camera eye that explore privacy and surveillance issues. As surveillance and other hidden cameras increasingly monitor our daily lives, Spence wants his unusual perspective to serve as a check.
“We’re sleepwalking into an Orwellian society,” he said. “There’s surveillance, but who’s doing the surveillance. Who’s watching the watchers?” [more]