SURVEILLANCE KAWAII

かわいいサーベイランス
 
2017 - ongoing



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Pencils on Paper and Digital Manipulation




Surveillance Kawaii
(かわいい kawaii = adorable in Japanese)
it’s an artwork conceived to be developed as a textile pattern designed to be worn through a variety of different clothing garments.

Surveillance Kawaii conceals | reveals secret camouflaged messages hidden in plain sight : a fairy-tale allegory on the mass surveillance's defeat.

The pattern design embeds a QR-code printed on fabric which allow the contents to travels publicly, when passersby scan the code, they can read the story enclosed in the pattern.

Wearing apparel plays an unconventional role : it becomes a bearer of knowledge.

Where does the QR code leads?
Here

Surveillance Kawaii plays on the ambiguous and disturbing imbalances of our contemporary mass surveilled society, paradoxically combined with childish, playful and innocent aesthetic of a promiment aspect belonging to the culture of cuteness, the Japanese Kawaii.




The result is an ironic, ornamental and alienating scenario, amongst Renaissance aesthetics and joyful and glowing colors, symbols are glimpsing : biometric facial recognition diagram, the Panopticon map, a shattered Prism and memes related to the Internet censorship topic and social control.



In Surveillance Kawaii the cuteness value isn’t merely exploited as a graphic expedient by its “fundamentalist tenderness”
and its consumerist entertaining allure,
but above all it encloses a metaphor of vulnerability that Kawaii culture promotes and sells, enhancing the same feeling of fragility on which the entire surveillance industry thrives, breeding meekness and fostering collective conformity towards fear and self-censorship.



The project exhibits and underlines the normalization of the mass surveillance’s culture, the social disciplinary security disguised by pastel colors and fancy trinkets


HOW TO READ THE ARTWORK



ENG           ITA 


Textile Pattern and Garments

Hand Tailored Shirt
Pure Cotton 125 gr
Tote Bag
Microfibre and Satin lining

MORE INFO
COUNTER-SURVEILLANCE AESTETHICS
TOOL KIT

Posters in free digital download to be shared online
or pasted up all over the streets | walls | public spaces



Thank you Crimethinc. for the wheatpasting guide



Surveillance Kawaii X CYBER FASHION WEEK


Cyber Fashion Week its the first-of-its-kind international virtual fashion week showcased on digital platform
CFW is powered by Trashyclothing a groundbreaking Palestinian brand run by a pionieristic collective of artists

My collaboration for the 2nd CFW Edition


Thanks to

Stylist : sadplathh
Stars + Alpaca animation : dderham_
Animation : omar_braika



Single Artworks

Pencils on Paper | Various sizes


Càonǐmā

Petit
Floral Wreath

Grand
Floral Wreath

Fata dei Prismi

Felcina

Portrait

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Studies on  Càonǐmā
Paper | 5 x 5 cm





Surveillance Kawaii has been published by
the independent art magazine ISIT

Issue #002


More Surveillance Kawaii‘s
special contents and feature on the magazine website



Surveillance Kawaii
is the first theme of a series called Subliminal Textiles©.
Surveillance Kawaii is protected by Patamu Registry - Declaration of Autorship 80120
All rights reserved



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