with Fernando Fonseca / Concept developed during a workshop by Edler&Edler / We chose the meeting point after the baggage claim as a site to intervene with a closed circuit surveillance installation. The basic differentiation was made that people who are waiting to pick someone up have idle time on hand, whereas passengers arriving are preoccupied with getting their luggage, which allows for less involvement. Therefore the concept looks at having one way control only but still to be an open observation/monitoring system that allows seeing who is watching. [ image 1 ]
Each conveyer belt in the luggage area is linked via a monitoring station to the outside. The station allows people to remotely control a camera positioned in the centre of a conveyer belt to turn and zoom in on the passengers. The screen also displays the flight of the luggage belt. [ image 2 ]
Within the luggage claim area, displays next to each camera show who is controlling it from the outside. The monitoring stations inside move exactly as the person controlling it outside is moving them. Therefore the movement will be irregular and more 'human' than just constantly turning. [ image 3 ]
During the public discussion at the end of the workshop the criticism was voiced that control should be possible from both sides in order to create a democratic situation. The argument was that seeing on the monitor who is watching, is not enough, as this is a too limited view of the outside.