"If anyone has a right to spy on us, it's our descendants."
So says conceptual artist and "experimental philosopher" Jonathon Keats in regard to his latest art-meets-science project - the century camera.
Intended to spark critical long-term thinking, the century camera project is an "unauthorized surveillance" system consisting of 100 ultra-long-exposure photographic devices deployed in and around Berlin. Based on the traditional pinhole camera, each device is designed to create an image - over the course of 100 years - that depicts municipal changes in the city. In place of film, the century camera uses a special black paper surface to record images ... very ... very ... slowly. A building that only lasts a couple of decades would produce a faint and ghostly image against the backdrop of more permanent structures.
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The cameras, which Keats designed himself, are made to be simple, small, durable and easy to conceal. Working with Berlin's Team Titanic art gallery, Keats will distribute 100 of the cameras next week - May 16, 2014 - to anyone who wants to participate. Volunteers are then responsible for finding a place to secure their camera, and to provide retrieval instructions to their kids and grandkids. The resulting exhibit is scheduled for– let's all stay optimistic, please - May 16, 2114.