URME SURVEILLANCE: Developing Devices to Protect the Public

A completely new way to combat surveillance from artist Leo Selvaggio. Join URME in creating public discourse about our relationship to surveillance.
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Leonardo Selvaggio
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ABOUT

URME represents artist-driven, anti-surveillance devices made for the public. Working as an artist in Chicago, the most widely surveilled city in the nation, and seeing how it has affect the way I behave and think about public space,  I have an overwhelming urge to protect the public from such surveillance. Everyone has a right to privacy. As such, all URME Surveillance devices will be SOLD AT COST. This means that there is no profit made in selling these products. All proceeds are used to sustain the project and my ability to provide the public with services. By supporting this campaign you will be contributing to a movement that will bring to surveillance to the forefront of public discourse. Be sure to connect with us via FacebookTumblr, or the project website

HOW URME IS DIFFERENT

I have researched several of the strategies out there and there are two major themes. You can either hide your face by wearing something like a ski mask, which looks very suspicious or you can destroy private or public property vis-a-vis security cameras. URME offers a different way. With facial recognition technology being widely used now a days, rather than try to hide or obscure one's face from the camera, these devices allow you to present a different, alternative identity to the camera, my own. When you wear these devices the cameras will track me instead of you and your actions in public space will be attributed as mine because it will be me the cameras see. All URME devices have been tested for facial recognition and each properly identifies the wearer of me on facebook, which has some of the most sophisticated facial recognition software around. 

URME DEVICES

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URME SURVEILLANCE IDENTITY PROSTHETIC: Made with technology from www.thatsmyface.com, this device is a photo realistic 3d printed hard resin prosthetic of my face. The prosthetic is passable in public, most people won't look at you twice on the street, and it is pretty seamless to most security cameras. 


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URME SURVEILLANCE PAPER MASK: sold as an economic DIY kit, these paper masks will protect you from immediate detection and will still tag you as me in facial recognition systems. While the URME paper mask can be used by an individual, they are best used in groups of people in public space, such as activists or protesters.


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URME VIDEO FACIAL ENCRYPTOR: This open-source software (MAC ONLY) will protect you from others distributing your media without your permission. Simply load a video and the facial encryption software will replace up to five faces in the video with my own and save it as a new file, which you can then share and send with out fear of your identity being tied to it. 

WHY URME NEEDS YOU

Because URME Surveillance does not make a profit off the distributions, I will need to cover the start up costs of the project in order to make it sustainable and to continue providing the public with services. 

In addition, URME is a catalyst for public discourse about surveillance, which can not occur without you, the public, getting involved and reasserting our first and fourth amendment rights. Hiding from the system will not result in change. Instead, URME Surveillance subverts the system by flooding it with information about me instead of you.  What would happen if security cameras could no longer identify a public but instead could only detect hundreds of me walking down the street? What would that say about the state of surveillance, of identity?

IN CHICAGO?

Great! If you would like to experience this project first hand, there will be an art exhibition of this work at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago in the month of May with a reception on May 16th. The exhibition has been graciously supported be the Albert P. Weisman award. More information to come. 

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

URME Surveillance isn't just about anti-surveillance devices. At its core is an instigation towards public discourse and a platform for community development through our common concern over surveillance. Please visit our website, www.URMESURVEILLANCE.com and consider participating on our community page, or join our facebook and tumblr pages. You can still help spread the word about the project, and share this indiegogo campaign with your friends and family.

URME is also starting a new project that brings your opinions to the forefront. URME VOICES is a series of crowd-sourced short interviews, made from people donating their opinion about surveillance. To particpate, send a video of you discussing your relationship to surveillance to urme.media@gmail.com with the subject line URME VOICES. Your identity will be protected through URME facial video encryption and slight voice modulation and your interview will join others hosted on the URME Surveillance web page. For an example, please visit http://vimeo.com/88837008 

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  • $10USD
    PAPER MASK + SIGNED COPY

    Thank you for contributing! This perk includes 1 URME Surveillance Mask Kit to use AND 1 URME Surveillance Mask Kit that will be signed to keep as a collectible.

    14 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $15USD
    Funder's Necklace: URME SQ

    Thank you for contributing!!! This perk includes a URME Design laser cut out of black acrylic on an 18" metal chain.

    6 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $15USD
    Funder's Necklace: URME MASK

    Thank you for contributing!!! This perk includes a URME Design laser cut out of black acrylic on an 18" metal chain.

    5 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $15USD
    Funder's Necklace: DSMB

    Thank you for contributing!!! Declare your stance against surveillance with this Funder's Necklace, which is laser cut out of black acrylic on an 18" metal chain.

    5 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD
    FACIAL VIDEO ENCRYPTOR

    (MAC OS ONLY) Thank you for contributing!!! You will receive a one of a kind version of the URME Facial Video Encryptor software with your name embedded in the program. In addition your name will be featured as a funder in the version available to the public!!! You can chose to stay anonymous if you like.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $40USD
    Funder's Cap: Camera

    Thank you for contributing!!! Declare your stance against surveillance with this Funder's Cap which is laser cut out of black acrylic and placed on the brim of a charcoal gray snapback cap (adjustable size). There is also a URME medallion on each cap. This cap looks like an ordinary hat to people in front of you, but makes a bold statement to any camera or person peeking from above.

    0 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    12 MASKS + SIGNED + DONATE 12

    Thank you for contributing! This perk includes 12 URME Surveillance Paper Mask Kits to use AND 1 URME Surveillance Paper Mask Kit that will be signed to keep as a collectible. In addition your contribution will provide and additional 12 kits to another community, and you will be listed as that community's funder on our website. You can chose to stay anonymous if you like

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $100USD
    24 MASKS + SIGNED + DONATE 24

    Thank you for contributing! This perk includes 24 URME Surveillance Paper Mask Kits to use AND 1 URME Surveillance Paper Mask Kit that will be signed to keep as a collectible. In addition your contribution will provide and additional 24 kits to another community, and you will be listed as that community's funder on our website. You can chose to stay anonymous if you like

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $400USD
    ARTIST SIGNED URME PROSTHETIC

    Thank you for contributing! You will receive 1 URME Surveillance Identity Prosthetic signed by the artist!!! Can be used as a device or kept as a collectible

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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