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Demonstrate, commissioned by the Whitney Museum, set up a state-of-the-art robotic webcamera over UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement. For six weeks, the camera was made accessible to anyone on the Internet. Online participants shared remote control of the robot camera, allowing them to zoom in to frame and photograph activity in the Plaza at any time of day or night.

The project, timed to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement attracted over 4000 online participants from around the world. The resulting archive of 1200 photos and textual comments offers a portrait of public space as viewed from the public in cyberspace.

Arising from the same root as demon and monster, the Demonstrate \project set out to visualize the concept of public space. The camera and archive illustrate new imaging technology and human behavior in the public zones of both plaza and cyberspace. The short essays below are an initial sample of perspectives. For information on contributing an essay, please contact goldberg at ieor.berkeley.edu.