Well, it seems poor Jeremy lost his “visual memory” for good. I can’t rely on the timelapse anymore, so I will try to keep coming the minute past the hour from now on…
Today’s message was an adapted version of the famous provocation by Marshal McLuhan, “the medium is the message”. I got this idea while reading the very interesting paper “‘The footage is decisive’: Applying the thinking of Marshall McLuhan to CCTV and police misconduct” by Richard Evans in the journal Surveillance & Society.
And I was joined again by my mysterious friends with Asian hats…
Day 58: CCTV is the message! (adapted from McLuhan)
This is getting very complicated. Just when I thought there was nothing else to post here in 2015 (yes, I’ll take a break until January 4th, since the university will be closed and Jeremy will be unaccessible), I received the image below, adding more confusion to the whole watching the watchers thing (see here for more on this).
So, I guess I was being watched while I was watching Jeremy, watching me, watching him…
Merry Christmas and happy new year. “See” you in 2016, Jeremy!
Day 50: Being watched…
[thanks to A.C.]
What does Jeremy see? The message today was inspired by ideas on what watchers see. A little bit of this is discussed in my paper “Eyes of glass: watching the watchers”, hence the reference…
Day 50: How does the world look like through your “eyes of glass”?
This was a message to try and call attention to my public lecture on the same day for the Situating Architecture seminar series. The lecture was great with good attendance and clever questions at the end. Thanks to the situating architecture people and all those who attended!
Day 38: Splintering surveillance and new forms of territory (www.bit.ly/urblab)
I’m back! After a few days away from London, in a workshop discussing augmented urbanities and smart urbanism (and talking about control rooms), this is the only thing I could ask Jeremy!…
Day 37: Aren’t you sick of “Smart Control Rooms”, Jeremy?
“Splintering Surveillance as a New Territorial Layer?” (Situating Architecture Lecture Series, UCL), Dec 7th 7pm at The Bartlett School of Architecture.
Click here for more information about this talk.
Day 36: “Splintering surveillance and invisible territories”. I’ll mention you, Jeremy! bit.ly/urblab
Experimenting with other media. It hasn’t worked very well, though!
Day 26: Jeremy, forget about Big Brother. You should fear Little Brothers
I am usually very shy, so this one was a very difficult message to deliver. This is getting serious, isn’t it, Jeremy?!
Day 25: Jeremy, do I look like you, while I look at you, looking at me, looking at you?
[thanks to J.R. for the mask]
I told you I would come back, didn’t I, Jeremy?
Day 19: Do you like being seen, Jeremy?
[thanks to B.C.]
Only too late I realised the PanoptiCam webcam wasn’t working properly at the moment I went to send my message to Jeremy. At least this is how it seems, as the image was frozen, up until the end of the morning.
Well, I guess this is how CCTV works (or doesn’t) in most cases, isn’t it?
Thankfully, the PanoptiCam team is not like most CCTV maintenance teams and it went back to work later in the same day.
One should ask, though: what if a serious crime was being carried out during those few hours, just in front of Jeremy’s (broken) eyes?… Would you blame the technology for not helping us solve just another crime, Jeremy? Never mind, just think about it! I’ll bring my message again some other time…
Day 18: broken camera, frozen image