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11:11 am - 07/01/2013
Dutch Artists Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday By Putting Party Hats On Surveillance Cameras

Dutch artist duo Front404 decorated security cameras with party hats in one of the Netherland’s largest cities to celebrate George Orwell’s 110th birthday.

On Tuesday, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, Dutch art duo Front404 explained on their website.

“George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother.”

“By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday.”

“By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays.”

“And [how] the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.”


If y'all have any love for me, someone will make me a surveillance camera party hat icon
fluffydragon 1st-Jul-2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
I feel like the icon needs something..
clevermanka 1st-Jul-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Disco blinking, maybe?
anolinde 1st-Jul-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Damn, that's a lot of security cameras... are they all over the place in US cities, too, or is this more of a Netherlands/European thing?

chaya 1st-Jul-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I know CCTV is huge in the UK. Can't speak for the rest of Europe.
castalianspring 1st-Jul-2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
Last I heard, the UK had 20% of the world's CCTV cameras (and make up only 1% of the world's population). I wonder if the balance has shifted at all.
thelpme 1st-Jul-2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
I love this story. It's clever and a non in-your-face way to make people notice. We passively go through the day and I'm sure don't notice half the cameras that are actually on us. Whether you agree or disagree with having the cameras isn't important in this piece, what's important is that we stay vigilant and don't turn into the blissfully ignorant.
romp 1st-Jul-2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
romp 1st-Jul-2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
This is delightful! Whimsical reminder to stay aware.
akashasheiress 1st-Jul-2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
The one in the yellow hat looks sad.
chaya 1st-Jul-2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
alexvdl 1st-Jul-2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
If I had to pick an article posted today to generate a protracted comment discussion, this would not have been it.
yeats 1st-Jul-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
coraki 2nd-Jul-2013 12:34 am (UTC)
lol awesome idea.

I could see if this happened in the states that it would be considered vandalism.
wrestlingdog 2nd-Jul-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
Well played!
chaya 2nd-Jul-2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
If you can't be right, pretend you were joking all along! :D
zombieroadtrip 3rd-Jul-2013 05:47 am (UTC)
Were the repetitive gundam macros all part of your secret plan too? lol
recorded 2nd-Jul-2013 01:54 pm (UTC)

What.... happened here?


I provided documentation of abuse of government surveillance (via the snowden stuff) but apparently it's not ~cameras~ so it's not valid evidence showing abuse of government surveillance.

Edited at 2013-07-02 03:07 pm (UTC)
spiegel11th 2nd-Jul-2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
There is no way to win, because you're fighting a dickhead. It's one of their evil superpowers.
zombieroadtrip 3rd-Jul-2013 05:51 am (UTC)
dorknessrising is willfully obtuse and clearly has no idea how to hold a functional conversation, and thinks she can hide it under the guise of "trolling"
beuk 2nd-Jul-2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what happened, especially in the parts where this layout brokededed from the long threads, but I do know that I feel a bit discomfited.

kissofcinnamon 3rd-Jul-2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
I am so glad it's not just me!
keeperofthekeys 2nd-Jul-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
oh my god the page is so broken D:
wrestlingdog 3rd-Jul-2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Glad it's not just me.
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