Satirizing Surveillance: The Camerahead Project.

The Camerahead Project, a public art project, aims to dramatize the oversaturation of surveillance by adding to it. The project (started by Paul Strong) is presented through the eyes of 10 Camerahead agents, and the images they record; they casually walk around the streets or literally pop up in public spaces wearing huge surveillance camera props on their heads. The exaggeration of the “camera heads” highlights the invasiveness and insidiousness of surveillance cams, while the black suits are a nice play on the “Men in Black”, shadowy government officials working behind the scenes and snooping on people. This whole project not only raises the questions of who is watching who, and who is watching the watchers, but also asks questions of why we are being watched at all. All the images are captured by George Hickey.


“My favorite tunes? Well, there’s “I am a camera” by The Buggles, “Eye in the sky” by the Parsons Project… Rockwell’s “Somebody’s watching me… ”

“Eye see you!”

“Move along, people, nothing to see here!”

“So go on with your life/ Forget that Big Brother crap/ Show love to the black suit/ ‘Cause that’s the men in…./ That’s the men in….” (Will Smith, M.I.B.)

“Means what you think you saw, you did not see…” (Will Smith, M.I.B.)

“Cause we see things that you need not see/ And we be places that you need not be…” (Will Smith, M.I.B.)

“SMILE! You’re on someone’s database!”

“What are you lookin’ at?”

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2 thoughts on “Satirizing Surveillance: The Camerahead Project.

  1. The Gershwin spiritual Someone to Watch Over Me, referring to God.

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