Introducing the World’s Slowest Surveillance Camera (Results Expected in 100 Years)
All images courtesy of Jonathon Keats.
Most art projects that address the surveillance state seek to draw attention to the existing security infrastructure that surrounds us. But a project launching this week in Berlin has a different approach — it adds new security cameras to the city environment.
The CenturyCamera, devised by “experimental philosopher” Jonathon Keats, is the object at the center of what’s billed as an “intergenerational surveillance program.” Designed to function like a very slow-moving pinhole camera, it focuses light onto black paper that fades over time, eventually producing a single image of what it’s pointed at — 100 years later.
Keats’ plan is to distribute 100 CenturyCameras to Berliners. These will be handed out on May 16, from 7 p.m. until midnight, at a reception organized by Keats’ partner team titanic at Friedelstrasse 29 in Berlin-Neukölln.
From there, it will be up to his participants to figure out the best places to stash the things (to capture a potentially interesting 100-year image, but also to make sure they’re not discovered and discarded).
They’ll also need to make arrangements with their kids, and their kids’ kids, for the collection of the objects in 2114: There’s an exhibit of the results scheduled for May 16 of that year.