Paranoid Shelter is an installation / architectural device that fabric | ch "finalized" early in 2014. It was created in the context of a theatrical collaboration with french writer and essayist Eric Sadin around his books about contemporary surveillance (Surveillance globale and Globale paranoïa --both published back in 2009--), Paranoid Shelter revisits the old figure/myth of the architectural shelter, articulated by the use of surveillance technologies as building blocks
Doing so, it states that contemporary surveillance is in a “de facto” relation with the old myth of the shelter and that it can be considered as a contemporary way to build it, yet in a total different way, somehow problematic because it usually mixes public and private interests, freedom and penalty or censorship and remains unclear.
Therefore, filled with monitoring technologies and exploring their formal potential (the main formal aspects are “autological”: the materialisation of the cones of vision from the surveillance cameras fixed on a frame that evokes public infrastructure) as well as their functional incidence (a tele-"neo-nomad" condition?), the project also comments about "smartness" as Paranoid Shelter is composed of the same ingredients : active, mediated, monitored or scrutinized, possibly robotized and sometimes "intelligent". Consequently, it points out the links between “smartness” and surveillance that can’t be undervalued (what is the status of the data that are collected? what are the inner natures of codes and softwares that drive the behaviours of the architecture?)