Rob Walker: In Public Spaces, Who Owns Our Image?
What the videos uncover, he says, is a curious moral question that often goes unnoticed. "So we discuss: Is he right? Is surveillance a routine element of public space and retail space? Is that a problem? What’s the difference between that, and this guy?" asks Walker. "It’s an interesting starting point for a conversation about technology, public space, and the surveilled life." Walker's work often deals with the curious ways that people interact with the physical world around them. In his Significant Objects project, he hired professional writers to pen emotional stories behind thrift store items before they were sold on eBay. He found that an object with a story behind it sells for significantly more than one without, raising a fascinating question about our sentimental attachments to our mundane belongings. Here, and in his talks, Walker challenges our perceptions—and reveals fascinating discoveries about our motivations, fears, and desires.