Drones in the sky, whistleblowers in jail: how art is responding to Big Brother’s watch

In light of recent events such as Bradley Manning’s thirty-five year prison sentence for alleged espionage, the UK’s secret Middle East internet surveillance base revealed in Edward Snowden’s leaks, and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s unconscionable nine-hour detainment at Heathrow airport for carrying "sensitive" documents— the question is no longer, are we living in a Surveillance State but, what are we going to do about it? Here are twenty-six of our most creative countersurveillance responses.



Staging plays in very public places like subway stations, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Union Square, Surveillance Camera Players’ primary purpose is to create a public spectacle in order to get people to question the role surveillance plays in their lives. Performed in silence, the actual recordings of these performances remain inaccessible. Though not the first to stage “surveillance camera theatre,” the SCP has spawned sister groups all over the world, proving that the issue of surveillance is one which transcends nationalities and cultures.


(By Christine Jun, published in the 22 August 2013 issue of Dazed Digital.)

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