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Mapping CCTV around Whitehall   no comments

A review in of a work by Manu Luksch.

“Mapping CCTV around Whitehall”, 2008, is, as its name implies, a performance of mapping Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security cameras around the UK’s parliament in London and a video record of that performance by’s Manu Luksch.

Starting with a HAL 9000-like image of a CCTV lens, the video of “Mapping CCTV In Whitehall” has a glitchy techno aesthetic of sound and images with a post-MTV-Style Guide reportage feel. The first half consists of a recording of the police stop-and-search interviewing Luksch under anti-terrorism legislation, with a map of the area superimposed.

police stop-and-search interviewing Luksch under anti-terrorism legislation

The area of London that Luksch has mapped is the SOCPA exclusion zone. A map of CCTV cameras is clearly useful to terrorists, and a map of the CCTV cameras near Parliament is clearly an act of dissent against the political consensus that constitutes domestic extremism. The police who interview Luksch touch on these ideas.

the SOCPA exclusion zone

CCTV recordings are subject to the Data Protection Act, and from 2002-2008 Manu Luksch used personal data requests under the act to obtain the CCTV recordings of her going about her business that she used to make the film “Faceless“. The videos usually had other people’s faces blotted out to protect their privacy, which gave the resulting film its science fiction plot of people starting to lose their faces. But as Luksch was making “Faceless“, the responses to her personal data requests became rarer as the authorities adjusted the balance of power back in favour of themselves.


Posted July 13th, 2012 by artprop in Censored,Under Surveillance

Interrupted video   no comments

The attendant at the Tate stopped me from completing this video. Especially ironic as Tate Modern is showing an exhibition called Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera. Where are they going to get covert images from for the next show?

Posted August 11th, 2010 by artprop in Censored

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Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera   2 comments

exhibition at Tate Modern 28 May – 3 October 2010

…Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects…

…Much of Exposed focuses on surveillance, including works by both amateur and press photographers, and images produced using automatic technology such as CCTV. The issues raised are particularly relevant in the current climate, with topical debates raging around the rights and desires of individuals, terrorism and the increasing availability and use of surveillance. Exposed confronts these issues and their implications head-on….

Posted August 11th, 2010 by artprop in Censored,Under Surveillance

Picasso train   no comments

The conductor on the “Picasso” train from Malaga to Bilbao in Spain threatens to have the law on me.
He thinks I should not be filming him.

This is the conductor who also threatened to throw my luggage off the train.

Posted September 28th, 2009 by artprop in Censored