A participatory art project by Costantino Ciervo
Using this app, you can record (photo/video) something you find unfair or unacceptable anytime and anywhere.
You can then exhibit these with your comments in exhibition spaces, public spaces or on the internet (www.sendprotest.com).
The art emerges from your involvement.
Using the SendProtest app, anyone with an Android smartphone and Internet access can take part voluntarily and directly in the successive compiling of a global image archive of outrage and protest. This means that worldwide, citizens (users) – while respecting personal rights – can photograph or film anything that in their opinion harms or could harm human welfare and, if they want, also add comments. What results is then uploaded directly onto an online database.
Users can decide to remain anonymous or they can give a user name. The images and texts are automatically transmitted together with the date on which the file was created and the GPS coordinates.
The database, which has been generated in the form of an interactive world map and also as a chronological database, can be accessed at all times. The images of protest can be roughly divided into eight categories:
1) Pollution of nature and the environment
2) Violations of human dignity
3) Urban architectural disasters
4) Documentation of public demonstrations or protest activities
5) Statements by individuals
6) Control/surveillance – restrictions to freedom
A) By using this app, you are participating in an art project that runs for an unlimited period.
B) The app is easy to use. Install it in order to document and publicly present unfair or unacceptable circumstances that negatively affect the common welfare.
C) You will need a mobile device/smartphone with a photo/video function, GPS and connection to the Internet. The data you document and send (image/text) will be collected in a database (archive) on www.sendprotest.com and presented to the public either immediately or following a short time delay as part of international exhibitions.
D) The database/archive that also contains your images can be accessed anytime without registration at: www.sendprotest.com. You can also subscribe to a newsletter (mailing list) here containing information about exhibitions that are part of the project.
E) You can record data, photos or videos of max. 10 seconds in length and send them in with an accompanying comment up to 160 characters.
F) The unfair or unacceptable circumstances might have to do with objects, places, architecture or the environment. For example: the state of public infrastructure (public transport), the deterioration of important buildings like schools or hospitals, gentrification processes, refurbishment measures, the privatisation of public spaces (e.g. parks, beaches), violations of climate protection or environmental protection, disfigurement in the form of architecture (disastrous buildings, ground sealing) in urban or rural settings. Or your entry might deal with cases of personal discrimination (racist, sexist, religious bigotry, social discrimination, attacks on the disabled, etc.), exploitation at work, alienation, poverty, economic inequality or social marginalisation.
G) Please respect people's personal rights and only take photographs with their permission.
H) Act responsibly (you are responsible for your pictures), show face and send your protest.