Telehouse Docklands is the UK’s largest internet exchange and data centre complex. Highly protected it comprises of four buildings enclosed by a single fence which itself is surrounded by the Funeven private estate.
Telehouse encompasses three forms of its surveillance in the forms of drawings, CCTV footage and Google.
When Funeven’s Director of Security was asked whether art could be made on their estate he replied that photography was not permitted. However, drawing or painting were permitted if they were vetted to ensure they did not contain sensitive information. To be compatible with this restricted level of detail the drawings were made by using a touch-screen computer tablet.
The montage of CCTV footage and the street level surveillance of the Funeven estate is filmed by staff in its interior (via the control room). My high-vis jacket highlights my presence on the street and my compliance with the Funeven estate security.
Google provides the objective third form of surveillance. The all-knowing eye provides readily accessible information about the site and highlights its geometry.