The Argus Project
- Year: 2016... ongoing
- Team: Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde, Gan Golan, Raquel de Anda, Julien Terrell, Yvette King, Pierre Mendy, Ron Morrison
If police wear body armor to protect themselves in public, what must the public wear to protect themselves from the police?
In ancient Greek myth, Argus Panoptes was a giant with 100 eyes who served as a watchman for and against the gods.
The Argus Project is a wearable sculpture, video installation, and counter-surveillance training that intersects with the public debate over police accountability. By embedding an array of camera "eyes" into a body-suit, Argus creates a "force field of accountability" around those being targeted by streaming video of police violence during protests.
Filming the police is not confrontational nor subversive; it is a democratic act. It bears witness to the actions of the state, it strengthens society and institutions. The Argus Project is not so much about an individual hero as the citizen body as a whole... Together, we are all Argus.
Excerpt from The Argus Project film, 2016
The Argus Project exo-suit - Deployment 2, 2016