SURVEILLANCE CAMERA PLAYERS
« We are the Surveillance Camera Players,
a group formed in New York City in november 1996. We protest against
the use of surveillance cameras in public spaces because the cameras
violate our constitutionally protected right to privacy. We manifest
our opposition by performing specially adapted plays directly
in front of these cameras. We use our visibility - our public
appearances, our interviews with the media, our web site - to
explode the cynical myth that only those who are "guilty
of something" are opposed to being surveilled by unknown
We have come here today because this area is filled with unmarked
surveillance cameras. If you, too, are worried about the destruction
of your constituional rights in the name of "fighting crime,"
we encourage you to form your own anti-surveillance camera group.
You can even use the name "Surveillance Camera Players"!
Just let the message go out: Down with Big Brother!»
(text of the flyer SCPlayers hand out to passers-by
during their performances - http://www.notbored.org/generic.jpg
The SCP New York is a group that find inspiration from the distortions
of contemporary city life to mix up live theater with social direct
action. Inspired also by situationism and psycogeography, their
practices respond with amazingly low-tech and imaginative tools
to the ever growing achievements of the society of control.
Even though they don't self promote through recognised circuits,
the SCP New York have inspired similar groups all over the US
and Europe, and have been invited to relevant international events
like "World.Information.Org 2000" and "CTRL [SPACE]" dello
ZKM di Karlsruhe (2001).