Do Not Press (2015)
Should someone press the red button labelled: ‘Do Not Press’, a small inconspicuous lens takes a photograph of the person(s) in front of the device. The photograph is then automatically uploaded to Twitter. A recorded voice roaring from the wooden box guides the user through the process.
Do Not Press explores ideas around compliance and control, particularly in relation to public spaces where you are encouraged to follow rules (like in an art gallery). As the purpose of the device is not explicit it may also bring to mind moments when we accept demands without question (e.g. agreeing to ‘terms and conditions’ for online services). The piece also raises questions around privacy and ownership.
A selection of captured images can be viewed below or on Twitter… twitter.com/dntprss
Supported by New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from Creative Scotland.