Inter mirror is about watching and being watched. Privacy is the main subject, the ability of an individual, or group, to seclude themselves of information about themselves and thereby express him or herself, selectively. While focusing on the part “selectively”, Petrus reaches the connotation of Internet privacy, where a selection of the self is made automatically, when creating online profiles. A result of the online selectiveness of what you share with others is the idea of false identification or the creation of a new persona, not necessarily related to the original self. This gives opportunity for abuse.
Internet privacy is quite a double-edged sword. The Internet gives you the option of choosing what it is you put online and for others to see, yet it has the ability of storing all data thrown on the web. Even in cases where you believe your information to be hidden, it is still findable and most probably stored in some huge database in some country. We have reached the information age, but not in the way we thought it to be. This is an era in which we have access to all knowledge, but at the same time we share our lives, our everyday routines, our addresses, our bank accounts and our darkest secrets. While gaining knowledge everyday through the web, we are also providing knowledge at the same time. A simple example is the adaptation of search engines, where the search engine will adapt to your location, interests, your job and so on, to provide you with a better, more specific search result. It uses the information you already provided online in order to do so. Our privacy settings matter only to the public. We have lost our privacy, at least online. Only through strict consideration and consciousness in handling the online experience, are you able to minimize the effects of fully sharing your personal info.
A key word for Pascal Petrus is voyeurism, the sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviours, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature, which can also be interpreted as, for example, murderous intents, war crimes, or any other in this category, for it is the context that’s arousing/exciting and not the subject being watched, per se. As the term comes from the French voyeur, "one who looks", a sexual connotation is not a necessity. The principal characteristic is that the voyeur doesn’t, normally, relate directly with the subject of his or her interest, who is often unaware of being observed. So even viewing someone’s Facebook profile with certain malicious intentions can be considered an act of voyeurism.
Most of our online viewing activity goes unnoticed (unless someone is actively observing you), so it makes it fairly easy to do naughty things on the web. Let’s take “watching porn” as a main example; this is just the surface and still traceable, if wanted. Underneath the first layers of the Internet, lay darker and stranger tunnels, leading to unimaginable dungeons containing things we rather not believe to exist.
Petrus’ goal is to tell you about the loss of privacy in our everyday existence and the taboos circling the massive online web experience, which are ignored and believed to be non-existent on the surface. Online voyeurism, false identification, sketchy chat rooms, assassins, videos of murder and rape, all can be found in the multiple layers of the Internet. It is through anonymity and silent observation that you can reach these subjects at the darker side of our international, multiplayer web universe.
It’s here, where you’ll find Pascal Petrus wandering around, observing, registering and trying to resurface at some points, to take air and light, before re-entering these dungeons, filled with all the secrets humanity was compelled to communicate online.