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Big Brother is Having a Party | Birthday Hats on Surveillance Cameras

By Jules Ebe on July 1st 2013


Camera phones, security cameras, traffic and atm cameras; even your laptop and gaming systems are watching you everyday. By 9 am this morning you were probably already photographed half a dozen times. It is something we have all become accustomed to, and largely ignore.

To celebrate George Orwell’s 110th birthday on Tuesday, June 25th, Dutch art duo Front404 placed colorful party hats on surveillance cameras throughout the center of one of the Netherland’s largest cities, Utrecht.

Front404 explains their concept:

“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 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 that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.

George Orwell’s Birthday Party









Front404 is the collaborative work of artists Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle. You can check out more of their work on their webpage or on the Front404 Facebook page.

So what do you think: scary or necessary? Let us know in the comments below.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

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is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

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