Dutch Artists Celebrate George Orwell’s Birthday with a Unique Statement

by Admin on October 15, 2015

A group of Dutch artists recently celebrated George Orwell by decorating scores of surveillance cameras with brightly colored party hats.

As Defending Dissent reports, the Dutch artist duo Front404 staged the stunt in the city of Utrecht, one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, in celebration of Orwell’s 110th birthday last June.

Image Credit: Inter Free Press (Flickr)
Image Credit: Inter Free Press (Flickr)

As the artists explain on their website:

“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 putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday. 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.”

See the full story here, and view great pictures here.

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Government surveillance is a big issue today, with many people unhappy about the level to which our lives are observed and monitored. Just yesterday, ThaiLawForum reported on Australia’s new electronic communications privacy law, and the same in the US.

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