Shifting Safeguards: Traversing Spatial Boundaries in the Era of Digital Security

Daniël de Jong


The Dutch public siren emerges as a thought-provoking example, prompting us to reconsider the elements that influence our auditory environments in today’s global culture. Its distinct appearance and technology are characterized by enclosed components, intricately interconnected to create active systems that are progressively more used and accepted.

Within the research, a ruin-like installation explores the hidden aspects of technological and spatial manipulation of siren mechanisms. The installation’s motion and sound respond directly to a modified audio file, distinct in frequency from the standard first Monday monthly test by the Dutch government.

This research investigates and speculates on the present and future socio-cultural and spatial changes linked to these systems’ operations, which leave enduring marks and irreparable fractures, potentially leading to self-destruction. 

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