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Transparent Cities
2011. Mixed media.
This conceptual artwork was about pervasive surveillance technologies in the urban environment. It aimed to balance the asymmetrical relationship with state surveillance and expose the lack of transparency in contemporary society. The intervention is an installation of unauthorized CCTV cameras, which automatically take pictures of city's public officials and publish them across social media as part of a participatory surveillance. Transparent Cities' CCTV cameras have been created through the hacking and transformation of home-consumer IP cameras into independent units powered by solar panels. The cameras have similar design to those installed by authorities and city administrators. The growing importance of networked media has altered the way surveillance is practised. Wireless devices are small, pervasive, and ubiquitous, and can quickly spread sensitive data over popular platforms.

- More about the project Transparent Cities





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