The Olympics are invariably used as a testing ground for new security technologies, and London 2012 will be no exception. Britain is by far the world leader in CCTV with 4.2 million cameras, more than the rest of Europe put together, and is planning a huge increase in surveillance measures for the Olympics, specifically with the use of drones.
Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been used in Iraq and Afganistan, and were originally developed as warfare, but have been slowly creeping their way into the UK, and will be commonplace in 2012, after the successful trial at the Olympic Welcome celebrations.
AirRobot UK produces them, and says this on their site:
"The AR100B can fly silently through the air or hover while transmitting live images to the operator at the ground station. The silent operation and size of the platform allows aerial surveillance to be carried out in built up residential urban areas as well as rural locations without causing any disturbances. The unit can also 'perch and stare' from a solid platform allowing the operator to capture hours of footage from an out of view vantage point."
Berlin-based artist Nathan Baker uses the ready-to-assemble pieces of IKEA’s basic Stefan chair as the building blocks for faux-modernist or -minimalist sculptural forms, which he documents in photographs. Baker is interested in how creativity is limited by available resources, and the possibility of emulating sculptures using mass-produced components that are supposed to be the skeleton of a simple, functional object.
Selfridges London host the M.O.S.T from this Friday for 1 month in their dedicated exhibition space called the Ultralounge.
The Museum of Small Things will inspire visitors to open wide their eyes and to slowly look, and then look again, at the world they inhabit. M.O.S.T. will house priceless gems too subtle to compete with the show-stopping technology of the modern world. Modest masterpieces under-valued in cultures where biggest is better and mega, if achievable, is best, will be centre-stage. The variety on display in this museum will dynamically demonstrate how the lines between all forms of visual expression have become blurred. Exhibits range across images, objects, moving pictures, ideas, detritus and treasures.