How a New York artist's stealth anti-drone garments hide us from surveillance in style
The battle of fashion vs drones starts here. New York artist Adam Harvey’s Stealth Wear anti-drone garments reclaim privacy for us. Designed with a lightweight, metallised fabric, his camouflage protects against the thermal-imaging surveillance technology used by drones to detect people by their heat. The collection, a collaboration with fashion designer Joanna Bloomfield, explores “the potential for fashion to challenge authoritarian surveillance.”
“There is a lot of work to be done in reclaiming privacy,” Harvey told us. “In the last ten years we’ve become attuned to the attitude of the Bush administration that if you’re not doing anything wrong, you shouldn’t worry about giving up your privacy. The problem is that it’s already gone! We’re working to undo what was lost in the last decade.” Harvey believes that a thorough knowledge of fashion and being able to wield visual personal expression is an important technique that works against surveillance. “The more you understand your environment, the more you can hide. I’m helping expose that environment so people can dress appropriately for a society of mass surveillance. It would be great if fashion designers incorporated these themes into their clothing.”
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