Telehouse, mixed media, 2013

Telehouse

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.

Origano Drive looking towards East India Dock Road

Oregano Drive looking towards East India Dock Road

Nutmeg Lane looking towards East India Dock Road

Nutmeg Lane looking towards East India Dock Road

Safron Avenue looking towards Nutmeg Lane

Saffron Avenue looking towards Nutmeg Lane

Rosemary Drive looking towards Safron Avenue

Rosemary Drive looking towards Saffron Avenue

Junction of Oregano Drive and Safron Avenue

Junction of Oregano Drive and Saffron Avenue

Top of Safron Aveneue looking down Nutmeg Lane

Top of Safron Aveneue looking down Nutmeg Lane

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.

CCTV Camera 1: Support PTZ

CCTV Camera 1: Support PTZ

CCTV Camera 2: W NW cnr PTZ

CCTV Camera 2: W NW cnr PTZ

Google provides the objective third form of surveillance. The all-knowing eye provides readily accessible information about the site and highlights its geometry.

Aeriel View from Google Maps - 200 x 200cm

Aerial View from Google Maps – 200 x 200cm