December 10, 2006

Surveillance camera players

Filed under: map, Surveillance — ubikcan @ 9:39 am

The surveillance camera players (SCP) are ten years old!

These are the guys who perform one-act plays in front of surveillance cameras in order to highlight the degree to which we are watched. Of course they also make maps of the cameras, and provide a how-to so that people can make their own maps.

Their performances have been broken up by the police on more than one occasion. They also have a new book out, We know you are watching, which details the history of the group and its philosophy.
Cameras in Greenwich Village

Guide to mapping cameras

From their website:

The SCP’s first performance was on 10 December 1996, when the group presented its version of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi on the 100th anniversary of the play’s first performance. Texts relevant to this performance — which was interrupted and shut down by the NYPD — plus an announcement of the SCP’s upcoming season of performances, were published in Bill’s situationist zine, NOT BORED! (#26, November 1996 and #27, May 1997). For a while thereafter, the SCP was completely inactive; it was not until July 1998 that the group performed for a second time. But its third and fourth performances, which came in November 1998 and offered the SCP’s version of George Orwell’s Nineteen-Eighty-Four, really got things going. The group has been intensely active ever since then. The years from 1999 to 2001 were especially active, productive and rewarding.


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