panoptICONS is an art project by Thomas voor’t Hekke and Bas van Oerle of the group Helden that features birds with surveillance cameras heads installed around Utrecht to help raise awareness to the presence of surveillance cameras.
“panoptICONS” addresses the fact that you are constantly being watched by surveillance cameras in city centres. The surveillance camera seems to have become a real pest that feeds on our privacy. To represent this, camera birds – city birds with cameras instead of heads – were placed throughout the city centre of Utrecht where they feed on our presence. In addition, a camera bird in captivity was displayed to show the feeding process and to make the everyday breach of our privacy more personal and tangible.