“We Live in Public.” 9 p.m. March 1, Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive, Atlanta. RSVP at rsvpwlipAtlanta@gmail.com.
Fascinated by how technology and media affect social interaction and personal identity, webcast pioneer Josh Harris launched a social experiment in December 1999. Called Quiet: We Live in Public, the project required 100 artists move into an underground bunker in New York City to live, 24-7, under video surveillance for the viewing pleasure of voyeurs and curiosity seekers. On Jan. 1, 2000, FEMA proclaimed the project a “millennial cult” and shut it down.
So Harris devised a new project. He rigged his own loft with 32 cameras and began streaming video of himself and his girlfriend around the clock. The girlfriend ultimately left and Harris, some say, went a little bonkers.
“We Live in Public” is director Ondi Timoner’s documentary about Harris and his projects. The 2009 Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance will be screened 9 p.m. March 1 at Eyedrum.