Omniscient London is a photographic project by Zoey Barton and Scott Perry, which explores the role of surveillance technologies within London; particularly the application of the camera as a surveillance tool. Throughout the project different vantage point were used exploring the different power relationships that are subsequently formed between the camera, image and its subject.
Surveillance has a pivotal role in the protection of citizens throughout London, within their everyday lives and in the prevention of more extraordinary events, such as terror attacks. The ability to observe the occupants of a community rely on communication, infrastructure and technology. Omniscient London aims to explore different applications of the camera within surveillance, in addition to immortalising moments of natural surveillance.
Foreseen by George Orwell, we now inhabit a surveillance state, where each action is observed and recorded with the aid of the companions of everyday city life. The smartphone, Oyster cards, all play their role in keeping track of the actions of the people who inhabit the city.
The project explores these different technologies and how they integrate within the city’s infrastructure, creating different relationships with the subject of the images. Due to the associated power relationship formed by the image.
The project will be shown at The Gallery on the Corner in Battersea between 10th-13th May 2016, with a catalogue of the exhibition also available.