Architect Creates Tools For Surviving ‘Aware’ Cities & Avoiding Personal Surveillance
Mark Shepard's kit includes gadgets that help you navigate the city while avoiding monitoring technology.
Artist, architect and researcher Mark Shepard has designed the ‘Sentient City Survival Kit‘, a design research project that explores the social, cultural and political implications of ubiquitous computing for urban environments. It features a collection of artifacts for survival in the near-future sentient city.
The kit, which was on show last week at the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival in Rotterdam, allows the user to avoid constant observation and retain some mystery when faced with monitoring technology like CCTV cameras. Shepard’s ‘Ad-hoc Dark (roast) Network Travel Mug’ is designed for creating secret networks for communication on a morning commute in a subway car.