Stop the Spies – An Interactive Privacy Installation by James Theophane

Stop the Spies
Art & About, Sydney. 19 SEPT – 12 OCT 2014 2014
in collaboration with Luca Lonescu & Celina Stang (aka Neon Nomads)
Live Streaming / LED Fabric
Made possible by Holler Sydney, Nylon and

This year the organisers of Art & About, Sydney invited artists from around the globe to pitch ideas exploring the “endangered – the ‘at risk’, the threatened, the exposed and the risky from all perspectives“.

I chose to take this as an opportunity to raise awareness of the eroding privacy of our digital lives. This was especially topical as Australia was putting a motion through the senate to retain 2 years of every citizen’s metadata.

To bring this to life I worked with Neon Nomads and Holler Sydney to create giant all-seeing eyes, envisioned as stark symbols of the government’s threat to online privacy.

We installed these in Hyde Park, the heart of Sydney’s CBD and the centre of the Art & About. Each ‘eye’ was linked to a ‘spy-station’ situated away from, but within line of sight of it’s linked giant eye.


Each station had a voyeuristic-looking scope attached, and the surround-environment was designed to ensure the passer-by understood peeping in to the scope live-streamed their eye to the giant conical LED installation.

However the stations served a greater purpose.


Looking through the scope not only live-streamed the viewer’s eye to the installation, but using a two-way mirror system we were able to present the user with information about the proposed changes to online surveillance legislation, and urge them to visit and take a stand.


On 3 October 2014 the bill was passed by the Senate allowing the government to spy on it’s citizens, but not without a clear warning; we’re watching you, watching us.





The Secret of an Abandoned Mall in Old Town Bangkok

Jesse Rockwell,professional cook, photographer and writer, takes a trip down down a nondescript soi in old town Bangkok only to discover a relatively unknown gem. “Without a good knowledge of Bangkok geography” he says, “one would be hard pressed to believe anything interesting lies behind this gate”:


What lies behind the gate stating “strictly no entrance beyond this point”? Only an abandoned mall turned urban aquarium! Blimey Charlie:


Read the fascinating story behind the creation of this Urban Intervention on Rockwell’s blog A Taste Of The Road.

One Million Photographers Shot of the Month Winner

As well as my flickr upload hitting the frontpage of Reddit, the shot has also won the prestigious One Million Photographers photography award.

[Skin to Skin] resonated with and caught the eye of the team because of the connection it made: the captured instant unravelling a momentous event, situation and story in one frame.  All the hallmarks of a good reportage shot.

by James Theophane
Skin to Skin by James Theophane 2013 (cc) Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs

via thinkTANK Photo Shot of the Month: October – One Million Photographers.

2 Golds for Skittles at Spikes Asia Awards and a Big Nod from Google

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It’s been a pretty good couple of weeks. First off (Audi) Land of quattro was picked up by Google Think, showcasing it as “creative genius with digital innovation”, and now Skittles ‘Telekinize the Rainbow‘ picked up 2 gold’s for Best Use of Digital, 2 silvers and a bronze at the Spikes Asia awards.

Well done Ben Cai, Ben Clare, Anna, Luke, Dave, Paul N and all the crew.

To see the winners list in full, click here.

Picked up three Cannes Lions this week. w00t!

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Stoked to have picked up three Cannes Lions and one finalist this week. Skittles Telekinize the Rainbow picked up two Cyber Lions and one Direct Lion. Well done Anna, Dave, Luke, Ben, Paul and all the crew at BBDO.

Telekinize the Rainbow was an interactive, multi-user experience giving individuals the ability to move actual Skittles with their mind. For real. Live.

After being heavily tipped, and a run of 2 Adfest Grand Prix’s (Cyber and Innovation), Gold at Digital Asia, New York Festival silvers, One Show awards and D&AD, I was surprised (and a little disappointed if I’m honest) TEDx Mimeisthai didn’t perform better at the Cyber Lions. Oh well, it had a pretty good run, and did pick a finalist.

TEDx Mimeisthai was the world’s first spoken-word trending engine that went on to be described internationally as, “Twitter without the smartphone or laptop.”

Little Free Library – A Street Installation by Stereotank

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Little Free Library is an installatipon designed by architects Stereotank in partnership with the Architectural League of New York and Pen World Voices Festival.  Ten designers were chosen to create one Little Free Library each in Downtown Manhattan. Stereotank was selected to design a Little Free Library at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School in Nolita.


Moon Dog

Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Moving to New York as a young man, Moondog made a deliberate decision to make his home on the streets there, where he spent approximately twenty of the thirty years he lived in the city.

Most days he could be found in his chosen part of town wearing clothes he had created based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Odin. Thanks to his unconventional outfits and lifestyle, he was known for much of his life as “The Viking of 6th Avenue”