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Surveillance Prototypes

Rethinking transitory spaces to reveal truth-telling information through surveillance gazes.

Leo Chicwambi






The research focuses on manipulations and truth censoring around events of spaces that are caused by individuals or governments for their own interests. Particularly focusing on How may the ‘truths’ of these spaces, events and activities be augmented or shunted by surveillance gazes in turn reproducing untruthful representations of spaces? What are the methodologies that can be developed to keep unpacking, mapping and exposing the hidden phenomenon of these ‘truths’? How does surveillance of such spaces attribute to hyperreal versions of themselves? The project finds newly uncovered ways of truth seeing and truth building. This affords us the ability to understand contexts truthfully and enables us to do the right decisions around acting accordingly to those contexts.

The project imagines installations within areas and landscapes of control to mark and signal truth censorship. Using Tahrir Square, Egypt as a site of enquiry and intervention, It develops a space prototypes as a toolkit that deconstructs events, occurrences and as a result archives it for the general public. In the case of the project unable to get re-enacted in the physical space, it re-imagines it in a virtual world.


Tahrir Square, Cairo


Surveil, Disguise, Document, Transfer, Echo, Bias, Margin/Edge, Surveillance, Ways of Looking, Spatial Justice

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