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Reflections Unveiled: Publicness vs Privateness Through the Lens of Surveillance

Sandhu, Zaheen (2024) Reflections Unveiled: Publicness vs Privateness Through the Lens of Surveillance. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Sandhu, Zaheen

The pervasive nature of surveillance in urban spaces raises important questions about the boundaries between public spaces and an individual’s privacy. At the same time, defining private, public, or semi-public spaces has also become difficult. Many of these surveillance systems are embedded into the urban spaces extremely well and have become a part of an individual’s everyday life, as in the case of CCTV cameras and RFID machines. This thesis project explores the ways in which an immersive experience along with data physicalization techniques can be employed to convey the scale and impact of surveillance in urban spaces. The research was conducted through a literature review that explored surveillance from a historical and contemporary perspective, the relationship between bodies and screens and the role of data physicalization. Research-Creation was employed as a key research methodology for conducting data walks and iterative development of prototypes. This research resulted in exploring analogue materials and digital techniques within a physical immersive experience. Reflections Unveiled invites visitors to engage with aspects of visible and invisible forms of surveillance, through elements such as distortion and layering depicted by using mirrors in the immersive space while uncovering how they are viewed through those surveillance systems.

Date: 30 April 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: surveillance, data privacy, immersive installation, experience design, data physicalization, projection mapping
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 03 May 2024 15:00
Last Modified: 03 May 2024 15:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4391

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