The implementation of city surveillance systems, while intending to maximize values of security and e ciency, inevitably establishes an asymmetrical power structure between the city and its citizens. Despite its ubiquity, and increasing power to automatically analyse and correlate data, surveillance systems often take on discrete forms, where its functions are packaged and placed at an eye level susceptible only to those looking out for it. As citizens that feed the data being collected in a city, should we not be equipped with an understanding of how we are doing so, but also have the opportunity to decide how we wish to engage with it?
An EYE lights up upon detecting your presence and follows you, microphones attached to a pair of EARS extends and retracts to the sound it detects, and a NOSE snffs or sneezes when it recognises a change in air composition. SMART SENSES begins by dissecting existing surveillance cameras and the increasingly prevalent “electric NOSE”, and translating their data collecting characteristics into interactive tools that proposes a two-way, democratic approach to data collection. A MOUTH stands on the side “shouting” the data being collected by its fellow Senses, concluding with an understanding of what data is being collected. Smart senses strives to essentially provide citizens with the conceptual tools necessary to engage in conversations about data and the role they could play in it, within the increasingly smart city that we are moving towards.
Jade Chan (with Antonio Davanzo & Iosif Abaab)