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Data Rush

Data Rush

Max Colson

Friendly Proposals for Highly Controlling Environments (2014-2015)

Many public places in Great Britain are being privatised, in the course of which surveillance is put in place as a means of control. The latest hi-tech equipment is able to respond ‘smartly’ to events in the vicinity – lampposts can record sound and switch on whenever they ‘hear’ upheaval, dustbins can follow passing smartphones and register movements in a marked out area. The surveillance systems, however, are designed to be inconspicuous and continually contribute to a sense of false insinuation. In his series FRIENDLY PROPOSALS FOR HIGHLY CONTROLLING ENVIRONMENTS, Max Colson shows the potential of a more playful and therefore less threatening manner of surveillance.


Max Colson (Great Britain, 1985) obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. He was awarded the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grant in 2014, and the year prior to that he won the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers competition in England.