Watching the Watchers

Ever get the feeling that you're being watched? For anyone who lives in a big city in the Industrialised world, the chances of being 'under surveillance' in public increases all the time. From railway stations to lecture halls, surveillance cameras continue to dot the landscape monitoring our movements, whether we like it or not. In New York City, where there are an estimated 10,000 private and state [sic] operated cameras, one group has developed a public performance which aims to unmask the covert 'eyes' which roam [sic] the streetscapes. In this feature we join the Surveillance Camera Players as they tour Manhattan,in order to 'watch the watchers.'

(Text above written by anonymous. Actual radio report aired on 15 February 2003 was filed by Sashka Koloff. Click here to listen to it. About 20 minutes long, it covers and includes audio from a variety of performances, walking tours and interviews.)

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