Reliance on tracking and surveillance
systems has resulted in a peripheral vision that extends
beyond normal human physiology. In many cases, there is
a merging of human and machine capabilities yielding what
some call cyborgs, beings whose virtual reach and in this
case, sight, extend beyond physical location.
Viewers literally use the doll's eyes
as a vehicle for their own remote and extended vision. Each
doll is constructed so that her eyes are replaced by cameras.
These become the "Eye Cons" that move the doll physically
and telerobotically. In Tillie's case, the left eye sees
in color and records in real time exactly
what she sees on a tiny monitor that she has next to her
at all times. Her right eye is connected to the internet
and sees in a 320x200 gray scale, refreshed at a rate of
60 seconds, to accomodate internet users with slow connections.
Roberta, on the other hand, has only one cyborgian eye that
performs both functions, which has the effect - particularly
on close examination - of making her appear even more obviously
To view Tillie: