On their home page, the Surveillance Camera Players declare up front that they are "completely distrustful of all government." In protest, these actors perform scenes from plays and documentaries for a captive audience, one that must watch them through video monitors: security guards, police, school administrators, salespeople. Curiously, we found no interviews with, or reviews by, members of the audience. The Players' patchwork site includes position papers, scripts, summaries of the group's performances, and photographs. This eclectic New York-based group seems to prefer subways for its political proscenium. Those who fear Big Brother may sympathize with their motives. We expect other opportunists to capitalize on the intrusive aspects of security to become on-the-scene reporters, comedians, and perhaps even legends of in-your-face advertising.
Originally published by Netsurfer on 17 November 1999 (Volume 05, Issue 37).
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