ai weiwei: surveillance camera blocker
ai weiwei: surveillance camera blocker ai weiwei: surveillance camera blocker
aug 06, 2013

ai weiwei: surveillance camera blocker


chinese artist ai weiwei proposes ‘surveillance camera blocker’ to extend the reach of cans of spraypaint, making it easier to block out security devices.

ai weiwei: surveillance camera blocker


as well as listing the necessary materials: a spray bottle, a wine bottle opener, a bike bottle cage, a bike brake bar, a screw, and a pole ai weiwei also provides a step-by-step production procedure. of course if building your own surveillance camera blocker sounds too much like hard work, boing boing have found a similar device dubbed the ‘spray close’ on amazon that costs around $11. the device is based on the book ‘do it: the compendium’ by hans ulrich obrist.

ai weiwei: surveillance camera blocker



  • I love Ai WeiWei’s work, but I think he forgot to include a tin-foil had on the list… .A ski mask too. 😀

    mzungu54 says:
  • Maybe in China or Iraq..but I frankly like cameras. I want every miscreant to think they monitored.

    … and, when the cops see a guy in the middle of a city with a fishing pole smelling of solvents – do you think they’re not going to break his arms?!

    Dumb idea; this guy is smiling at the camera…!


    JimCan says:
  • Um yeah… Who blocks the camera while he blocks the camera?

    Marta says:
  • it’s not just about the idea, it’s then inner anger of the artist, chinese surveillance camera deserves this treatment!

    aiboozy says:
  • it’s not just about the idea, it’s the inner anger of the artist, chinese surveillance camera deserves this treatment!

    aiboozy says:
  • Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant as is all of Wei Wei’s art pieces and his amazing activism!

    dg says:
  • More than 10 years ago, my professor at art school used to say, when you amass 379 (or any random large anough number) of similar mundane objects and arrange them in a gallery space, it will look like an artwork.

    Fengzi says:
  • This article is novel, I really love it. I also have some ideas written in my article, you can have a look if you have the interest. We can also discuss different topics. brgd, Toko kamera murah di Indonesia says:

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