Open TV

text and image roberto voorbij

If you have always wanted to observe people as if you were a security guard or if you yourself are the one who likes to be observed, there is now the perfect opportunity. Spread over Amsterdam are at nine locations regular surveillance cameras installed, these are however all provided with a monitor on the spot, plus the images are streamed live. Reading the – on first sight – official looking information signs it becomes clear to the passerby that it concerns here an artwork. Artist Vincent Boschma wants with this project to again raise awareness of the ever expanding panopticon into which the public space is increasingly transforming. The network of surveillance cameras that nobody seems to notice anymore, that the population now seems to have docilely accepted. Boschma transforms this panopticon with his intervention, into a form that as well tends to an omniopticon. Everyone filming everyone. Everyone keeping an eye on everyone. A form that, with the ubiquitousness of cameras in smart phones, and photo cameras that can film, is on the march and that might be questioned as well…

The inspiring art project Open TV runs until November 1st.

Vincent Boschma – Open TV (2012).

Vincent Boschma – Open TV (2012).

Vincent Boschma – Open TV (2012).

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The Bleeding Tomato is the online sketch book of Roberto Voorbij - Visual / 3D Artist. A place for his spin-offs, new ideas, personal frustrations and fascinations. Blogging about art, sociology, technique, marketing and more…
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