The London Eyes

June 2011 sees the launch of the first ever stand alone student art project made specifically for the EDF Energy London Eye. The project creators, Jennifer Maksymetz and Henry Procter, have created a site-specific art project in the form of an alternative audio guide which lasts for the duration of one rotation. Both are students on the MA Art and Politics programme at Goldsmiths, University of London. The London Eyes will be FREE to all, asking visitors to look and listen to the myriad ways of observing and surveying London.

The London Eyes juxtaposes observation and surveillance in the city of London. Selected artists’ impressions of the city are paired with insights from the world of CCTV operators. The aim is to inspire discussion around the topic of observation and surveillance in a non-biased way.

The project could not have been made without the help of eight London-based artists and Professor Gavin Smith from the University of Sydney. The artists and Professor Smith responded to a call-out on the theme of observation and surveillance in London. The artists supplied poetry, streams of consciousness, memories and spoken word. Professor Smith helped the project creators access the secret world of the CCTV operator. The CCTV operators’ quotations in the audio guide are taken from Professor Smith’s essay Behind the Screens: Examining Constructions of Deviance and Informal Practices among CCTV Control Room Operators in the UK. Once more some of these quotations have been situated in the direct landscape surrounding the EDF Energy London Eye.

Henry Procter, one of the creators says of the project: “London is one of the most culturally rich and dynamic cities in the world, so it makes sense that the London artist might be a good tour-guide! There are however also creative responses to be found when listening to the CCTV operator. Overall the London Eyes as a project addresses a topical subject, emphasizing those behind and in-front of the camera.’

The London Eyes is available for FREE download from The London Eyes website, information on the project can also be found on London Eye website.
The London Eyes

Event Title: The London Eyes
Postcode: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB
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