I'm interested in (and concerned by) the profusion of surveillance devices now being installed everywhere. I'm also fascinated by sousveillance, in which those who are being watched turn around, and watch the watchers.
This, however, is something different. It's an art project in which people perform artistic (and athletic) stunts in a mall - and then scavenge the digital files from the mall's own security closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
(The Duellists CCTV movie)
The performers were professional parkour breakin' crew Methods of Movement and their acrobatic choreography was filmed in the shopping centre over three nights. The film was shot using only the existing in-house CCTV network of 160 cameras operated from the central control room, with a soundtrack created entirely from the found sounds and noises recorded during the performance. Sometimes the quality of the camera is incredibly good, elsewhere it is just b&w and grainy.
The project uses a free-media video toolkit called Gearbox, developed by MediaShed with Eyebeam Studios. Gearbox shows people how to record "found resources" using CCTV Video Sniffin' or Spy Kiting (use a kite with a wireless camera).
The music for the video was created entirely from sounds found in the mall.