Punking the NYPD with fake drone ads
‘Essam’, a 29-year-old art school grad from Maine, who served in Iraq as a “geo-spatial analyst”, has put up posters like the one above all over New York. It shows drones being used to police regular people in an Orwellian world… with the NYPD logo plastered all over it, as if to endorse it. The NYPD wants him arrested, he wants to let people know the scariness of drones.
Animal New York scored an exclusive interview with the street artist who readily admits that he’s not really a part of the street art scene and it’s interesting to hear him describe his work.
He’s already put up over a hundred of these spoof drone ads and he’s done them under the very nose of the NYPD and has yet to be caught. Let’s hope it stays that way.
In this project, I exposed the specters of Google’s eternal realm of private, misappropriated data: the bodies of people captured by Google’s Street View cameras, whose ghostly, virtual presence I marked in Street Art fashion at the precise spot in the real world where they were photographed.
Street Ghosts hit some of the most important international Street Art “halls of fame” with low-resolution, human scale posters of people taken from Google Street View. These images do not offer details, but the blurred colors and lines on the posters give a gauzy, spectral aspect to the human figures, unveiling their presence like a digital shadow haunting the real world.
This ready-made artwork simply takes the information amassed by Google as material to be used for art, despite its copyrighted status and private source. As the publicly accessible pictures are of individuals taken without their permission, I reversed the act: I took the pictures of individuals without Google’s permission and posted them on public walls. In doing so, I highlight the viability of this sort of medium as an artistic material ready to comment and shake our society.
Street Ghosts by Paolo Cirio
(via Always Making › podcast)
Episode 15 Notes!
Woman-about-the-internet; Meighan O’toole comes on the show to discuess all things social media, internet, creativity and beyond. AWESOME!!…
SPECIAL GUEST: Meighan O’Toole!
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“I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy…
Player 2 Has Entered The Game
Note from artist: Exploring the potential for a ‘Streets of Rage’ style side-scroller for modern British classic: Shaun of the Dead.