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Artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Hummingbird Clock, a tree of binoculars resembling CCTV cameras, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Hummingbird Clock, a tree of binoculars resembling CCTV cameras, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK Stock Photo
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EnVogue_Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

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47 MB (2 MB Compressed download)

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4964 x 3309 px | 42 x 28 cm | 16.5 x 11 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

11 August 2016

Location:

Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s Hummingbird Clock is a new kind of public time piece that exists physically, opposite Liverpool’s law courts in Derby Square, and online. It is designed as a tool for investigations into civil and human rights violations and state corruption: recording the second by second variations in the buzz made by the electrical grid, and making that publicly available to anyone who might need it. For over 10 years, the UK government has been using this humming sound as a surveillance tool. Nearly all recordings made within earshot of this almost-silent humming can be forensically analysed to determine time and date, and whether the recording has been edited or altered.

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