Project: Constant_V

Constant_V: Footfall Almanac 2020

Footfall Almanac 2020 collects observations, objects and other traces to instigate a discussion on surveillance techniques currently deployed in shopping malls, at Winterpret and other major events in Brussels. Wireless tracking of mobile phones has become a common method to monitor crowds without requiring explicit permission or active cooperation. Private companies as well as civil agencies use it to keep a close eye on the movements of city dwellers through public spaces, the former to forecast sales and the latter for crowd management purposes. Footfall Almanac 2020 observes this encounter of actors and predictions in their shared technologies and terminologies.

The publication Footfall Almanac 2019 contains visual and textual essays, listing the overlapping vocabularies to address the movements of pidgins on the square or movements in the underground parkinglot. You can download the book or order a printed copy.

This vitrine and publication are part of an ongoing research project developed by Alex Zakkas and Kurt Tichy.

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