Friday, January 18, 2013

THE ANTI-SURVEILLANCE CLOTHING LINE


New York-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a collection of high-tech garments that are capable of thwarting signals, blocking cameras and baffling drones. Read that again if you have to, comrades. The future is here! In a world obsessed with facial recognition technology, cell phone surveillance, chatbots that are suspiciously backhanded and all manner of other paranoia-inducing technological advancements, it’s about time we ordinary citizens took back what’s rightfully ours — the fashionz. Launching in London, in collaboration with clothing designer Johanna Bloomfield, Adam Harvey’s range of “Stealth Wear”, as it is officially known, includes uniquely sophisticated pieces, like a hoodie (of course) that counters the thermal imaging of drones, a selection of pockets that protect mobile devices from being intercepted or tracked (by evil government forces), and a t-shirt that protects the heart from X-ray radiation.

The 31-year-old artist told Slate magazine that the US’s increased use of military surveillance equipment on home soil, that inspired him to design a range of clothing that can essentially give (some) power to the people. “Military technology is coming home from the war,” he says, adding “these pieces are designed to live with it, to cope with it—to live in a world where surveillance is happening all the time.” Although the collection was made more as conversation-starting-artwork than fashion, it still has legit fashion cred and will be put into production; available for purchase by members of the “fashionably paranoid” (as Harvey puts it) public.

It doesn’t take an ASIO Intelligence Officer to realise this shit ain’t going to be cheap. Due to the materials involved, we’re guessing the range is going to be more accessible to the Birkin-bag-buying demographic, than it will be to the material-possessions-spurning activist demographic — you know, those that might actually have a use for such items, come the revolution. But who knows what a little sartorial liberation could do to one’s politics? Don’t tell anyone tell you fashion is superfluous, kids!

by Jerico Mandybur

 

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