Peephole – Privacy

 

- WHAT - 

A wall for privacy

- WHEN -

Apr - May '16

- WHERE -

Pittsburgh, PA

 
 


“This leaves members of the public as passive subjects in a container: they are subjects in a position of not knowing their own being."
"It could be argued that increased surveillance is a form of globalization: cities increasingly resemble each other, and their differences and individual characteristics are diminishing.”

- David Holms in Virtual Globalization: Virtual Spaces/Tourist Spaces -


“In contemporary architecture power is hidden and unnoticeable, and authority is represented not through its visibility but rather through its invisibility.”

- Michael Foucault 1977 -


CONCEPT | Peephole Wall

This project examines our relationship with privacy,  allowing users to position themselves as both the subject and the observer, prompting them to question the way they protect their own privacy and invade others.  The wall functionally divides a room, holds books and is transportable by one person , but conceptually it aims to  provoke and disrupt.


FORM | Data Mining

Search engines use Twitter’s search and geo API to map tweets. A search was done for the word ‘privacy’ on and around the date of Edward Snowden’s whistle blowing, centered around the NSA headquarters.

An image was taken of the mapped data and post processed for increased contrast. A Grasshopper script utilized this image to create a surface. The peak points of that surface represent a higher density of data points. When the density dips, the wall get's thinner, and at it's lowest points, the 'peepholes' appear.  

Tweet location map centered around NSA headquarters – Fort Meade, MD

Tweet location map centered around NSA headquarters – Fort Meade, MD

Generative Grasshopper script utilizing inverted bitmap of the Twitter map

Generative Grasshopper script utilizing inverted bitmap of the Twitter map


“Forms are transparent from one side and opaque from the other.”

- David Holms in Virtual Globalization: Virtual Spaces/Tourist Spaces -


PROCESS