Beigeme – The Beige Regime

(SOLD OUT – only the artist proof remaining)

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

Edward Snowden

42cm wide X 48cm high X 3.5cm deep

Cost £400

5 pieces made – SOLD OUT – only a single artist proof available

This piece is an attempt to show what we are doing when we install “permanently-on” devices into our homes… mass surveillance is literally draining the colour from life.

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”

Noam Chomsky

The more people allow their private lives to be monitored by the big corporations, the more they feed their second-by-second personal data into the advertising networks, the easier we are making it for corporations and the deep state to mould and manipulate society into buying certain products or believing certain narratives of propaganda.

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” ― “

C.S. Lewis

Individuality is being lost. Conformity is the fashion of the day.

When you try to explain this to people you are met with apathy.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

Elie Wiesel

My thoughts were echoed recently in this tweet by fellow crypto artist Marguerite deCourcelle aka @coin_artist:

We have permitted total surveillance and it is creating sheeple people… ask your average hipster why they style themselves the way they do, and they will say “to be different”, whilst being surrounded by fellow hair bung, bearded, full sleeve tattooed “individuals”.

It’s a uniform not a statement… being a hipster doesn’t mean you stand for anything in particular other than conformity.

The beige regime is in full swing.

Colour is being drained from society.

Cryptography brings privacy and this surveillance camera is dieing.

NOTE: I have the deepest sympathy for those individuals, who 20 years ago, grew beards, got full sleeve tattoos or grew their hair into a top bung… you were individuals and none of you were trying to look like anyone else because an advert told you… your look caught the attention of a fashion house and it was productised.

This piece is not a statement against hipsters… it can be applied to every level and uniform in society… no one that hands over their privacy and solely consumes mainstream media is free.

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