Surveillance Street Art
Just as we were getting ready to publish this collection, news about a new street art piece by Banksy started to come in. So to start off, here’s the brand new work by Banksy, followed by other great street art about surveillance.
For this piece, Banksy chose Cheltenham, the home of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), where the UK’s surveillance network is based.
What are they really looking at? With countless surveillance cameras and no real evidence that those cameras lower crime rates, we should ask ourselves what the real aim of mass surveillance is. Here’s one answer:
Control – the real aim of the government’s digital panopticon.
Big Recep is watching you! (And banning your YouTube and Twitter and throwing tear gas at you and destroying your city and killing your Turkish friends and… we should dedicate a whole article to him)
Another politician, former French president Sarkozy is watching you, too! “Small brother” refers to the fact that he is short, but infamous for his embarrassing attempts to hide that. Also, he pressured french media into photoshopping his pictures to appear skinnier.
This one is great for several reasons:
- It’s street art about surveillance cameras right next to a set of surveillance cameras.
- It’s several stories high, so there had to be a temporary scaffolding set up and dismantled again, so Banksy could climb on it to paint the wall, all while hiding from the cameras and police.
- Yes, you guessed/read/remembered right, it’s Banksy!