11 Art and Design Projects That Will Change the Way You Look at Security Cameras
We all know what security cameras look like. In fact, we’re so used to seeing them that we hardly notice them.
We’re even welcoming surveillance equipment into our homes. Read: The Domestication of Surveillance: We Are the Watchers.
But a number of artistic, design, and activist projects have set out to make us see these ubiquitous objects in new ways. Here are our favorites:
1. Rhinestone-encrusted security cameras
Artist Jill Magid’s System Azure project, “hand-glued rhinestones to security cameras at the Amsterdam Headquarters of Police using permanent adhesive.” This cuts right to the heart of a key question about security cameras: As long as they see us, shouldn’t we be sure to notice them?
2. Security cameras recording nothing
Street artist SpY installed “150 fake CCTV cameras on the facade of a building [in Madrid] with the intention of watching over nothing.”
3. Every security camera on a 1.4-mile walk
For the photo project “Every CCTV Camera,” James Bridle documented “Every CCTV camera between my house and Dalston Junction: 1.4 miles, 140 cameras.” Flickr set is here.
4. A security camera that cannot meet your gaze