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  • Adornato

Big Brother is here, there, and everywhere.

Let's face it. Your privacy is gone. Your words, preferences, thoughts and actions are constantly being tracked, monitored, quantified, studied, and your information data and metrics are being sold to various stakeholders such as political parties, marketing firms, private businesses, or worse, hackers and criminal organizations.

Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, and numerous other information holding groups (Desjardin, Capital One, Equifax, Yahoo, Facebook, Ashley Madison, Uber, Google, Freedom Mobile, Canada Border Services Agency, BC Pension Plan, etc) have all exposed or admitted to data breaches of our personal information, our 'private' communications, and hackers can even tap into the camera and microphones on your laptops and smartphones.

Your actions in public and private are being monitored more and more by 'security' cameras. At work. In stores. At home. In traffic. In most public and private places really. So let's not beat around the bush about it. You're being watched, and the sooner you become more comfortable with this fact, the sooner you can stop taking your anxiety medication. (Always check with your doctor first! ;)

So this got me thinking: Why are 'security' cameras hidden? Why not make them more proactive, than reactive? Why not put cameras right in our faces to curb bad behavior, and get society more comfortable with being surveilled?

So, as part of a new public art project, I began hanging faux-surveillance cameras in plain sight. On trees in public parks. On wooden street posts. Right where everyone can see them. You're welcome. :)

BTW - These are NOT real cameras. They are just the black glass domes - or camera housing - usually mounted on ceilings. But pretty convincing none the less. I bought about a dozen of these glass domes at Market St. Michel Flea in Montreal in 2016, and have been using them as art materials ever since.

Below is an art installation I did in The Ottawa Art Gallery for my 2016 solo exhibition, I've got some bad news. This series of artworks were called "I CAN C-51 YOU", referring to the state surveillance bill C-51 that had passed earlier in Parliament. I was hoping that CSIS or CSEC (Canada's Secret Intelligence / Communications Surveillance) groups would buy for their lobby, but they never contacted me.

Below are more documentation photos from the public art installation around the National Capital Region, as well as some of the messages I left on the back side of the glass bubble, to be read if/when they are removed.

For more information or questions about this public art project, please contact me directly.

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