Shooting Back is a protest against the ubiquitous "security" camera,
and an exploration of the
privacy issues of wearable cameras
versus surveillance cameras.
The concept is simple: a person armed with a portable (more recently,
wearable) video camera enters an area in which she is monitored
- against her will - by a business or other institution. She then simply
films the filmers, taking footage of ceiling-mounted cameras (such as the one
pictured here, at the Park Street stop on the Boston subway system),
closed-circuit televisions, and employees.
Surveillance by private individuals often turns out to be treated quite
differently from surveillance of them....
Read the original ShootingBack manifesto
For several variations on the Shooting Back theme, see
View a 7 minute .avi trailer of the
"ShootingBack" was funded, in part, by the Council for the Arts at MIT.