Spanish 'Banksy' exposes CCTV hysteria

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Spanish 'Banksy' exposes CCTV hysteria
The artist, whose true identity is unknown, has said that the work is 'a reflection on the daily interaction with technology'. Photo:

'Cameras', described as '150 fake security cameras on a wall with the intention of not watching over anything' is the latest work by the anonymous artist SpY, dubbed the 'Spanish Banksy' by the international press.


SpY has himself claimed to have little in common with Banksy, instead declaring his influences to be "Land art, Pop Art, Surrealism and artists from different eras, from  Gordon Matta-Clark, Andy Goldsworthy or Keith Haring to the Spanish artist Santiago Sierra,” in an interview with S Moda magazine.

But like the similarly anonymous British artist, SpY has used urban art around the world to win legions of celebrity fans, including rapper Kanye West.

He has previously created works in France, Germany, Poland, Mexico, the USA and Japan but says that he is most proud of his latest vision.

Located in the Tetuán neighbourhood of Madrid, the artist claims that it is "a reflection on the daily interaction with technology and those behind it."

He added: "In the neighbourhood there were mixed reactions, from those who saw it as a way to decorate the facade of the building, to those who were wondering if the cameras were turned on and who even interacted with them."

"Art for me is a means to express and communicate my ideas. The city is my artistic medium; it offers me great possibilities to carry out my current works," he said.

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