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George Orwell’s 110th Birthday Present


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I love this (albeit a little late). Dutch artists Thomas voor‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle (who collectively call themselves Front404) pulled off a thought-provoking art installation in the city of Utrecht on June 25th. The day marked what would have been George Orwell’s 110th birthday.

At a time when the world is more aware of being watched, and of privacy issues than ever before, the pair paid homage to Orwell beautifully – they adorned as many of the city’s security cameras as possible with brightly-colored party hats.

While it might be tempting to see the installment as a prank or a publicity stunt, most agree that it’s incredibly timely and clever. Calling attention to the numerous, seemingly countless recording devices that watch us day in and day out in the public sphere is an excellent way to start a conversation – or even just make the general public feel creepily aware of how much we really do live in public.

Learn more on the Front404 web site.

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