We live in such a high surveillance society. Surveillance can protect our safety, but monitoring beyond necessity suppresses our freedom and threatens the human rights of individuals. Under the theme of ‘being seen’, ‘not being seen’, and ‘transparency’, my first project aimed to ask questions, ‘Who’s watching whom?’ and ‘Are CCTVs really reliable?’
Pushing further the last project ‘Surveillance Society’ into a theme of ‘Protecting Privacy’, my second project aims to build a safe house like a VPN where users’ privacy and anonymity can be protected.
In terms of the theme ‘protecting privacy’, VPN was a useful starting point, and asking the question ‘What would VPN look like if it were a building?’, the house was designed with these keywords and design strategies: Anonymity, Protecting Privacy, Disguising Location, Pretending to be Something Else.
The house ‘Little Sister’ located at 128 Gloucester Road, Brighton, is a safe house running in secret, designed to provide enough privacy and safe spaces for those who were struggling from high surveillance society.
House slogan is ‘Little Sister is supporting you.’, which is flipping over the slogan ‘Big brother is watching you.’ And the house name symbolises the opposite of ‘Big Brother’, which is a symbol of surveillance society in George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’.
Website Link: https://littlesisterhouse.cargo.site/