Smile! You’re on CCTV

“Secu­ri­ty is both a feel­ing and a real­i­ty, and they’re dif­fer­ent. You can feel secure even though you’re not, and you can be secure even though you don’t feel it.”

 

—  Bruce Schneier

An instal­la­tion about feel­ing secure even though you’re not, and being secure even though you don’t feel it. In Smile! You’re on CCTV the vis­i­tor enters a room with sev­er­al hid­den IP cam­eras and one cen­tral video sur­veil­lance mon­i­tor placed on a desk. On sev­er­al sticky notes placed on the walls and the floor, the vis­i­tor can read quotes on the sub­ject of pri­va­cy, CCTV, secu­ri­ty, safe­ty and the rise of the ‘pol­i­tics of fear’. The video mon­i­tor shows sev­er­al (delayed) video streams of the cam­eras cap­tur­ing the image of the vis­i­tor. Because of this delay, the vis­i­tor can watch him­self on the mon­i­tor walk­ing around the room, while he was read­ing these quotes. 

Year

2011

Kind

Inter­ac­tive video installation

Location

Neude­flat, Utrecht.

Exhi­bi­tion ‘10 jaar 911’, Vrede van Utrecht.

Curat­ed by Willem Westermann.

Extra information

In the video below (in Dutch), I explain a bit more about the con­cep­tu­al motives for this project.