False Positives



Intelligent surveillance cameras are increasingly present in the urban landscape: using algorithms, these cameras identify suspicious behaviour. Experts identify eight types of anomalies, amongst which are, prolonged pausing, a slow-moving person in a crowd, etc. These forms of deviant behaviour or movement within public space could indicate a person’s criminal intent. In her work, Esther HOVERS focuses on these “anomalies” in the business district of Brussels. Her photomontages and sketches question notions of normality and deviance with regard to behaviour within public space. Do we – as surveillance cameras do – perceive such behaviour as suspicious?

Laureate of the Tribew award 2016.
Download for free her digital book published by Tribew in the Collection WorkOf on : http://tribew.com/publishing/catalogue/esther-hovers/

About the artist

Esther HOVERS (Born in 1991 in Amsterdam) is graduated from the Royal Academy of Art of The Hague.  In her work, she is interested in how political power is influential in public space through urban planning. In 2015, she won the Startpoint Prize.

With the support of the kingdom of Netherlands.
l'Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas petite