Incendiary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, known for his highly political art, isn't exactly a fan of surveillance cameras. When Swiss art curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist asked Ai to contribute to a Do-It-Yourself compendium full of projects from artists, Ai designed an anti-surveillance camera apparatus, made from everyday objects.
Seizing on both its functionality and street culture significance, Ai's design is centered around a can of spray paint. The rest of the device works to get the spray paint into difficult-to-reach places, like the lofty perches where security cameras normally rest.
What You'll Need
Can of spray paint
Stick, ideally a collapsible tree pruner, but others are fine
Bicycle break bar
Bottle cage from a bicycle
A wing corkscrew
Attach the bottle cage to the side of the stick near the top, to hold the spray paint can. Atop the stick sits the wing corkscrew, with one wing resting on the spray button on top of the can. Tie a string to the other corkscrew wing, and then stretch it down the length of the stick and attach it to the bicycle break bar. Squeeze the handle of the bicycle break bar, and it pulls the string, which pulls the corkscrew arm, which depresses the button on the spray can, which then sprays paint all over the offending camera.
(Full instructions are available at Brainpickings.)
This is illegal and unsubtle, which is largely the point of Ai's work. Distributing instructions for provocative DIY projects could even be considered the art itself.
The design comes from Hans-Ulrich Obrist's compendium "Do It," published in April.
This is almost as good as that time when Dutch artists put party hats on surveillance cameras for George Orwell's birthday.
problem. If caught, you'd probably be charged with Mischeif.
Also, we don't like CCTV -- but it can be helpful. CCTV often gives us descriptions of the suspects. Which then can be circulated and assist in bringing them to justice.
With a big enough system, if the CCTV spotted a crime. you could review the tape and back track where the person came from. or check to see where the person went.
From the crime, the person came from the subway (timestamp). Acquire subway footage from same time period, find what train they got off of (time stamp). if you had CCTV in the trains, you could back track to what their original entrance was. Follow that back to the CCTV out side the subway. Find mode of travel, walking, taxi, bus. busses and taxi's have cctv. follow that back to original pick up. taxi info will also have the pick up call (if one was made) ... the list goes on. BUT again, thats with a very large and integrated system.
Also, if you start blinding CCTV cameras, someone may be a victim of crime, and now the CCTV does not have the ability to give the public a description, and the perp gets away much easier. Might get caught through police investigation tools, but CCTV would have been an asset.
Also, CCTV doesn't prevent crime. It is a little bit of a deterrant. But its purpose is to be a silent witness and assist in an investigation.
so please ... i know we all hate it. but it is a very useful tool.
this usefulness doesnt outweight the invasion of privacy.
It is easy in the end to micromanage the whole population, direct and manipulate them if you know what they do and where they go every day.
You just need to alter something in their path - a closed road for ex. And place eye catching ad banner on the alternate route.
Given enough time the ad would slowly direct and affect the person or persons slightly.
Get framed and captured or falsely accused if the people behind the network thing you should not do something.
Its extremely easy to manipulate video materials to make it appear you did soemthign and were somewhere you never were.
If you are willing to give up your privacy and freedom for the false security, then you dont deserve nether.
As a private person, in a public space ... unfortunately you cannot expect privacy. I don't know about the USA. but in Canada, anyone can take anyone else's photo while in the public space. So long as its not for something like an advertisement/commercial use.
that's one reason why you never see blurred out pictures in the newpapers. those people were probably in a public space. (unless it was private, and the news was invited to attend ... )
I support CCTV in the case of law enforcement so long as its used in a responsible way. checks and balances.
placing cctv in your home, or a wire tap on your phone/computer - those are things i do not support, unless approved by a judge for law enforcement purposes.
Wouldn't it be easier to overload the cameras CCD arrays?
I suggest paintball guns or laser pens to burn out the cameras.
Or get a nice big laser diode argon laser etc and cook the CCD in the camera.
A CO2 laser also should work but for a different reason as it will do wonders to the optics.