If police wear body armor to protect themselves while in public, what must The Public wear to protect themselves from the police?
The Argus Project is a wearable sculpture, video installation and countersurveilance training which directly intersects the public debate over police accountability.
According to ancient Greek myth, Argus Panoptes was a giant with 100 eyes who served as an eternal watchman, both for - and against - the gods. By embedding an array of camera "eyes" into a full body suit of tactical armor, the Argus exo-suit creates a "force field of accountability" around the bodies of those targeted.
While some see filming the police as a confrontational or subversive act, it is in fact, a deeply democratic one. The act of bearing witness to the actions of the state - and showing them to the world - strengthens our society and institutions.
The Argus Project is not so much about an individual hero, but the Citizen Body as a whole.
Together, we are all Argus.