Dutch artists Thomas voor Hekke and Bas van Oerle: George Orwell’s Birthday Party


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In June 2013, Dutch artists Thomas voor Hekke and Bas van Oerle made a project they call “George Orwell’s Birthday Party.” For the project, they put a birthday hat on many security cameras in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. On the website devoted to the project, they write, “On Tuesday the 25th of June, to celebrate the 110th birthday of George Orwell, surveillance cameras in the center of the city of Utrecht were decorated with colorful party hats! George Orwell is best known for his book ‘1984’, in which he describes a dystopian future society where the populace is constantly watched by the surveillance state of Big Brother.  By putting these happy party hats on the surveillance cameras we don’t just celebrate Orwell’s birthday. By making these inconspicuous cameras that we ignore in our daily lives catch the eye again we also create awareness of how many cameras really watch us nowadays, and that the surveillance state described by Orwell is getting closer and closer to reality.”

For Further Information: Thomas voor Hekke and Bas van Oerle, “George Orwell’s Birthday Party.” Accessed 28 June 2013.


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