Surveillance Kawaii

(kawaii = adorable in Japanese)  
A personal project designed to be developed as a fabric pattern.
It is initially presented as a colorful floral pattern, which actually conceals messages: it is a fairy-tale allegory on a surveillance's society defeat.
Through Renaissance aesthetics and joyful and glowing colors, symbols are glimpsing : such as a biometric facial recognition diagram, a Panopticon map, a shattered Prism and memes related to the topic of mass surveillance.
This is the first theme of a series of mine called Subliminal Textiles©.

At the center bottom we find the Fairy of Prism, a creature born by aura crystals, depicted as fairy dressed with iridescent fabric wrapped by a share symbol buckle, whose gaudy rainbow lights gushing from her left hand
shatter the evil Prism - a surveillance program enabled in-depth monitoring of live communications of most of the world's Internet traffic. Its meaning is better explained HERE
On her right hand she's dissolving the Panopticon map, a sort of big brother jail, an institutional building designed by the English social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of Panopticon is to allow all (pan-) inmates of an institution to be observed (-opticon) by a single watchman without the inmates being able to tell whether or not they are being watched. 
In the center, a floral wrath is portraying a woman's face, trapped in a tangled biometric facial recongnition diagram, a system able to identify or verify a person from a digital image, frequently used as a security system in many countries.
A Photoshop erase button springs out where the cursor is pointing the correct choice able to erase her face's cage.
Besides her, stand the Fern-Women rising a banner with a mathematical formula the limits as x approaches infinity
written on it.
A word "resistance" at third power is applied to the formula, whose tendency is infinity.
The symbolism of the formula and ferns of which women are composed by is expressing the concept of endless applied to rebellion.
The ferns, known as the most resilient plant creatures during planetary changes, recall and symbolize innate and perpetual ability to resist oppression, injustice.
In addition, ferns have the property of reproduction in a fractal, namely, infinite, which in other words, means resistance forever.
Above at left we find a Grass Mud Horse or Cǎonímǎ (草泥马) a Chinese Internet meme widely used as a form of symbolic defiance of the widespread Internet censorship in China.
The animal is an Alpaca, here depicted as a fluffy kawaii toy, painted with typical kawaii style (childish pastel hues, and big sweet eyes)
HERE you can find the best song about Cao Ni Ma

On the opposite side, on right, the cover of the first French edition of "Surveille et Punir" (Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison) by Michel Foucault, whose analyzing the normalizing practices employed by modern society, which includes prison, punishment and biopolitics.
Between the repeating patterns a small maps of the Internet censorship and surveillance by country.
The background pattern is made by pink motherboard curcuits.
For the first time also, I mixed medias: pencil on paper and digital manipulation.
Surveillance Kawaii

Surveillance Kawaii



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