My project this semester examines the hyper surveillance of social space and aims to express the ways in which surveillance governs our public space through an art intervention which involves all members of the public. The artwork utilises all security cameras on the campus and relays them back to a central pavilion where they are projected onto displays. This surveillance game evokes a sense of unease towards the viewers altering they way they perceive public space. Is it free? Is it public?

Isometric view of pavillion

As the central part of my project this isometric view of the pavilion captures its relation to the Monash Caulfield Campus and is located at the intersection of the two main walkways on the campus. As the project aims at displaying all security camera footage in this pavilion its location in the centre of the public means all are forced to enter and take part in the observation game. The materiality and atmospheric conditions of this pavilion remain dark and sinister in order to emphasise the discomfort of public surveillance.

Propoganda poster

As part of the projects narrative a series of propaganda posters are pasted on the walls of the campus, allowing those entering the site to be reminded of their constant surveillance. These posters are located near and around the entires and areas where cameras are planted. The purpose of these posters is to convert the entire campus into a playing field whilst consistently acting as a reminder of the publics participation in the game.

View of area under surveillance

The collage view here identifies the atmospheric condition at areas of concentrated surveillance (areas with the most cameras). Here we can see the propaganda posters of the building facades as well as a circular red ground treatment used to identify the areas under observation. First time participants in the game will be unaware of the significant of the red circle and propaganda posters, however when they enter the pavilion they will be struck with a over stimulation of these red circles, allowing them to make the connection to their surveillance when in those areas moving forward.

View from security camera on locations around the campus

In this image we see a series of locations where cameras are located and provide an insight into the angle of observation. These 3d scans of the areas allowed me to get a better understanding of what people will see when in the pavilion and allowed me to curate the ground treatment in relation to the cameras.

Interior view of pavilion

As the pavilion is the place where all cameras are displayed, we can see in this image an overstimulation of observation happening. This concentration of surveillance aims at generating a confronting moment for the viewers allowing them to become aware of how often they are surveilled. The collage render also aims at capturing the atmospheric conditions inside of the pavilion as well as showcasing how the public use this space.
Back to top