Poster of the Week #17

Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes, by Mark Thomas, 2003

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This week we’re showing the film Erasing David at the museum as part of our events for the Sense and the City exhibition. The documentary explores the use of surveillance technology in modern Britain, so volunteer Jon Burdett has picked out ‘Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes’ by Mark Thomas. He explains: ‘The movie is about documentary maker David Bond’s attempts to disappear from Britain’s ubiquitous CCTV cameras, challenging two private detectives to track him down whilst he goes on the run. Can he manage it? This poster from 2002 was made to reassure the public that the use of surveillance helps to keep the transport system a safer place. The text says: ‘CCTV & METROPOLITAN POLICE ON BUSES ARE JUST TWO WAYS WE’RE MAKING YOUR JOURNEY MORE SECURE’. There was also a leaflet done explaining the measures being taken to improve security. To me, those eyes in the sky are a bit Big Brother and bring George Orwell’s famous novel 1984 to mind!

What do you think?

Erasing David will be shown on Friday 9th December 2011 18.30 – 20.00.

8 thoughts on “Poster of the Week #17”

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  2. Does anybody remember seeing a variant of this poster: it was landscape format, and only installed inside buses. I believe the eyes in the sky looked a little different in this version.


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