panoptICONS addresses the fact that we are constantly being watched by surveillance cameras in city centres. The surveillance camera seems to have become a real pest that feeds on our privacy. To represent this, camera birds – city birds with cameras instead of heads – were placed throughout the city centre of Utrecht where they feed on the presence of people. In addition, a camera bird in captivity was displayed to show the feeding process and to make the everyday breach of our privacy more personal and tangible.
Made together with Thomas voor ‘t Hekke as our graduation project at Utrecht school of the arts. Also see the panoptICONS website.
This is an interactive installation Thomas voor ‘t Hekke, Remco Bos, Jan Jonk, Tim Terpstra and I made for the Dutch non-profit company Globalicious. I built all the electronics and software for this project.
The Chemistree plays sad music, but when you hug it the music starts getting happier and the tree starts waving its branches around in a happy dance. It also starts opening its flowers. The more people hug it, the happier it gets.
We presented it at two Dutch festivals, Indian Summer Festival and Butter Pieper Festival. At the Butter pieper festival there were a lot of parents with children, so the chemistree had a constant clump of happy, squealing children around it, which was a lot of fun to see.