The ‘so-far’ finished product of surveillance video in the future city. My intention was to illustrate the convergence of all harvested information from the mesh network into the towers database and analytics program. What I would like to do next is include some of the glitches in the network and how the city workers are attempting to disconnect or protect themselves against the pervasion of the towers surveillance systems.
Scouring the Wired blog for ideas, I came across these superpowered, GPS enabled insects of the future as an idea for camouflaged drones within the city or park. A french photographer has hypothesised a time where science, technology and living organisms have all intersected to create a handful of ultra-developed species with highly technological capabilities, an imagined future, based loosely on current research on synthetic biology and genetic engineering. Subtle changes in the animals appearance or genetics that are not overstated, spectacular or entirely visible make these animals the perfect infiltrator to an unsuspecting natural environment.
The artist worked with synthetic biology specialists and speculative designers to figure out what could actually happen in the future, exaggerating the present to create a speculative fiction. By exaggurating the present, what would the Architecture of a data harvesting device controlling the city be?
BEETLE: has a GPS receiver in its horn and secretes a two-layer ABS/plexiglass material.
SCORPION: used during minimally invasive surgeries. It can regenerate cells at an increased rate, which results in injuries healing in seconds or minutes.
JELLYFISH: The moon jellyfish is able to study aquatic life, map ocean floors and monitor ocean currents. It can transmit data from as deep as 7,000 meters below sea level.
LIZARD: The monitor lizard secrets a thin layer of aluminum. Highly adaptable through camouflage
OWL: The owl’s pixelated vision enables it to transmit a fuller picture to the brain. Its feathers protect it from predators by producing narrow-band wavelengths.
INSECT: The weevil has anodized aluminum jumping components that allows it to jump 3 to 7 feet high.
DRAGONFLY: The dragonfly is able to detect traces of volatile inorganic gases like CO2.
An extract from a video I’m currently working on illustrating a potential city where ‘tags’ of personal information are collected and stored in a converged infrastructure. The footage is my own which I recorded on a visit to London. To develop this further, I would like to include the possible methods of protection and glitches in the system where people have sought to protect themselves from the surveillance state.