I See You See
A strategy adopted for KISSS.
I See You See
A living anthology of musings on surveillance.
‘I See You See’ currently consists of two strands, ‘Neighbourhood
Watched’ and ‘Surveillance Mass’. Contributions to
both strands are invited, plus suggestion for further diversions on
Also being compiled- the ‘I See You See’ anthology gathering
documentation and links to work exploring surveillance on society.
For more information, or to contribute contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
(An obedient society?)
Living, travelling, moving around in London- just how much of your time
is spent under the gaze of a camera?
Does it matter?
Do you care?
Should you care?
(who looks at all this footage anyway?)
The use of CCTV especially on the public transport system has been highlighted
recently in the hunt for the 21st of July attempted bombers, the death
of Jean Charles de Menezes, and in the identification and origin of
the bombers on the 7th of July.
London’s roads and streets are watched and regulated twenty four
seven by speed cameras, bus lane cameras, red light cameras, traffic
enforcement cameras, congestion charge cameras….
‘not knowing whether they were being watched but obliged to assume
that they were, obedience was the only option’ (Lyon, 1933: 655-6)
but did you know… only 4 speed cameras in inner London have film
in them at any one time?
So what would happen without them, and the perception that we are being
Would London’s transport system descend into chaos?
Would the tube be any less safe to travel on?
9.5k’s of travel in London, 44 cameras.
Contributions sought for the archive of surveillance, watching the watchers.
(in the path of the electronic gaze)
Brixton Town Centre is one of the most surveyed places in London. Council
CCTV, traffic enforcement camera’s, parking attendants…
where ever you move, someone might be watching you.
‘most writers seem also to forget that, by and large, CCTV cameras
are neither conscious, nor autonomous, and require, in order to be effective,
constant monitoring and control by human beings in a work like situation,
so that the millions of images produced can be watched, interpreted
and acted upon’. ‘Surveillance and Society’, Gavin
J.D. Smith p.376
Performance planned for this captive audience, in Brixton town centre.
Wanted: Proposals and performers for this happening. Especially sought-
dancers for a ‘mini tea dance’.