As part of the Power and Architecture season of art and events, you're invited to join this "walkshop" – a workshop conducted on the streets – by The Demolition Project, who will encourage participants to think about how to be invisible in a city where somebody is always watching.
Can we be aware of all the eyes on us without letting on that we're looking at them? In Russia, the FindFace app lets anyone photograph you in the street and find your identity on social media; in Britain, where there are already up to 6 million fixed CCTV cameras, even security staff in universities and supermarkets have started wearing surveillance devices.
We will explore tactics and strategies for avoiding attention or hiding in plain sight, and we'll look at the opposite – how to be suspicious – using the Metropolitan Police guidelines as a starting point.
Along the way we'll consider artists, activists and urbanists who have been interested in urban in/visibility, from Broomberg+Chanarin to Hito Steyerl, Bradley Garrett to Walter Benjamin. There will be ample time for conversation and debate about any issues raised by the question of what it means to be in/visible in the city.
The Demolition Project is a collaboration between Russian artist Alisa Olevaand English writer Debbie Kent, inspired by a shared fascination with the demolitions and construction sites that make the city a place of constant transformation, and by the changes taking place in their respective home cities of Moscow and London, the power relationships they mirror and the traces they leave.
Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/myevent?eid=25863191502