Jennicam, or the telematic theatre of a real life
Author: Smith, Barry
Source: International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media, Volume 1, Number 2, 1 September 2005 , pp. 91-100(10)
Abstract:Academics have focused on the webcam as a technology that above all provides a digital window into another ‘real’ time and space, thereby conjoining the actual and the virtual. This article chronicles the history of Jennicam, a webcam in the home of an ‘ordinary’ young Western woman Jennifer Ringley, portraying her daily life through a series of images intermittently transmitted over the Internet for nearly eight years. Jennicam was a slowly unravelling drama showing Ringley eating, sleeping, having friends visit, watching television, occasionally making love. Many commentators noted that although most of the images were completely mundane, they always invited interpretation or begged questions. Ringley unwittingly created one of the most influential and longest running pieces of improvised endurance theatre ever, without the benefit of theatre or media training or any enhanced performance skills. Jennicam is presented in this article as an example of the webcam as a socio-performative phenomenon.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: The Nottingham Trent University.
Publication date: 2005-09-01
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