Thursday, July 4, 2013

Dutch Artist Celebrates George Orwell's Birthday by Putting Party Hats on Surveillance Cameras

On Tuesday, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, Dutch art duo Front404 explained on their website .
Source: front404.com
Source: front404.com

“George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother.”

"George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother."
Source: front404.com
Source: front404.com

“By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday.”

"By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday."
Source: front404.com
Source: front404.com

“By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays.”

"By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays."
Source: front404.com

“And [how] the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.”

"And [how] the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality."
Source: front404.com
Front404 is the collaborative work of artists Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle. You can see the rest of these images on the artists’ webpage or on theFront404 Facebook page

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