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False Positives

The project False Positives is about intelligent surveillance systems. These are cameras that are able to detect deviant behaviour within public spaces. False Positives is set around the question of normal behaviour. 

It aims to raise this question  by basing the project on eight different ‘anomalies’. These so called anomalies are signs in body language and movement that could indicate criminal intent. It is through these anomalies the algorithms are built and cameras are able to detect deviant behaviour. The eight different anomalies were pointed out to me by several intelligent surveillance experts with whom the artist collaborated for this project. 

The work consists out of several approaches; photographs and pattern drawings.  Seen together, they form an analysis of different settings in and around the business district of the European capital: Brussels. 

Artist Profile(s)

Esther Hovers

Portrait of Esther Hovers
Portrait of Esther Hovers

Esther Hovers

Esther Hovers is a Dutch artist who graduated with a BA in photography from the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague, in 2015.

Since graduating her work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, including C/O Berlin Foundation, Alan Gallery in Istanbul, Festival Circulation(s) in Paris, Unseen, Amsterdam and the National Gallery in Prague.

Hovers’ work has also been published in publications such as the Washington Post, M, Magazine du Monde and the British Journal of Photography. In her practice Esther Hovers investigates how power, politics and control are exercised through urban planning and the use of public space. She questions how one could curb the influence of the urban landscape on its users. Esther Hovers is currently living and working in The Hague, Holland.