Surveillance

text and image roberto voorbij

When people from abroad visit the Netherlands they are often surprised by how close the windows of our houses are situated to the street, by the unobstructed view of our interiors. Reading the book The Death and Life of Great American Cities it becomes clear though, that this architectural openness, this apparent exhibitionism, works two ways. One of the insights that Jane Jacobs provides, in this in 1961 written classic among urban planning literature, is how dependent the safety of an area is on the ‘amount of eyes’ which are constantly pointed to a street, of local residents, bar owners, shop-assistants, visitors etc. This insight was one of the reasons for making the below work Surveillance, a photo editing of a door from the gated community in which I live myself. Strictly guarded behind successively, a door with an electronic lock, a surveillance camera, a second door with electronic lock and my own front door. What does not prevent, however, that still uninvited guests are gaining access to our premises, continuously …

Roberto Voorbij – Surveillance (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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