19 January 2013
Ever wanted to hide out from government surveillance cameras?
New York-based artist Adam Harvey and fashion designer Johanna Bloomfield came up with the perfect fit for those who like to foil government voyeurs: clothing that blocks thermal radiation from the infrared scanners drones use.
The anti-surveillance ‘Stealth Wear’ hoodies, burqas, scarves, t-shirts and other gear provide cover for anybody who wants to remain as undetected as possible.
Wearing Harvey and Bloomfield's radiation-blocking outfits would reportedly make that part of the body appear black to a drone, so that the image would appear like a disembodied limb.
The designers also created a special pouch for cell phones that shields them from trackers by blocking the radio signals that phones emit and a shirt that blocks detection of the wearer’s heart.
Harvey has been researching the effects of surveillance on culture for several years as he continues to come up with ways to stay out of the government’s sight.
He sees the designs as a kind of conversation about surveillance in society at large, he told Vice Magazine.
‘It’s about being cognizant about new developments,’ he said. ‘On one hand, it’s to bring awareness to new forms of surveillance. On the other hand it’s an exploration of materials,’
Harvey’s educational background is in mechanical engineering and digital art. His previous work has also focused on the space where privacy protection and art overlap.
In 2012 he introduced face makeup product called CVDazzle that allows the user to throw off face-recognition software.
The nickel-metalized fabrics he uses to create his new clothing line are very specialized and very expensive, he says.
He does plan to offer the clothing at a price, but don’t expect to see these products at Target or Conway.
Harvey’s ‘Stealth Wear’ has been on display at Primitive London, a network of underground designers and artists, since Thursday, January 17.