Friendly Proposals for Highly Controlling Environments (2015)

These digitally altered photographs are a guide to how surveillance equipment need not be a threatening part of the urban environment by assuming a more playful and eccentric personality.

Through embedded microchips, software and minute antennae, many objects within urban spaces are now ‘smart’ to the goings on of the environment around them: lamp posts can now record noise, are linked to CCTV systems and can illuminate upon hearing ‘disturbances’; rubbish bins are able to track passing smartphones and record movements around a given area. These proposals anticipate the potential for unnecessary suspicion.

Exhibited:

Virtual Control, Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 2015

Data Rush, Noorderlicht Gallery, Holland, 2015

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