Awakening in the Big Data Era
We live in such a high surveillance society. Surveillance can protect our safety, but monitoring beyond necessity suppresses our freedom and threatens the human rights of individuals.
UK has one of the largest CCTV network in the world, and now it is estimated that there are around a 5.2million CCTV cameras. In Brighton, from Trafalgar Street to Gloucester Road, there are around 20 CCTV cameras.
However, who is the CCTV data for and where is it finally going? Do they really help make a safe city? What is a transparent society? CCTV can be manipulated.
Under the theme of ‘being seen’, ‘not being seen’, and ‘transparency’, this installation will be sited on Gloucester Street and Gloucester Arch, and it aims to ask questions, ‘Who’s watching whom?’ and ‘Is CCTV really reliable?’
The installation is made of two zones, a Reflective Maze, and a Big Data Room. In the maze, light is reflected from various angles, and reflected by mirrors, confusing what is real. In the Big Data Room, LED screens showing multiple CCTV views of the site will be installed so that visitors will be overwhelmed by the scale.
This installation will be open 24/7, but the system will operate from 4 pm to 10 pm. This Journey can hold 10 people, and staff will be there when it operates. Admission is free.