Urban Surveillance Garden
Media installation
Author: Olesya Ilenok
The work was created for Art Prospect Festival
Downtown Yekaterinburg's hustle and bustle, its crowded streets, hide a garden: the garden in the courtyard of the Metenkov Museum of Photography. Once a flower garden, it is now home to a more common species of urban flora—video surveillance cameras.
The garden's cameras, camouflaged as light sources, make no attempt to record rule-breaking or establish total control à la Orwell's 1984. They only survey the passage of time, allowing interested viewers to share each moment by tuning in to a live stream.

Visitors to the garden will encounter different sounds and lighting projected by the surveillance plants. By entering the camera's field of view, they will be able to see themselves in the third person, in whatever state they are in, and capture their everyday appearance.