Reclaiming the streets with CCTV

A postmodern aesthetic?

CCTV is being subverted. One of the ways in which this is being done is by hi-jacking CCTV feeds and using them to produce films. Variously known as ‘sniffing’, ‘warviewing’, ‘warspying’, groups are now organising to capture images from CCTV, remix them and then produce their own films/documentaries.

War viewing involves travelling around either in a vehicle or on foot and using a video receiver and screen to view transmissions (usually) in the 2.4 GHz license free ISM band. This is a set of international frequency allocations that are intended for a number of public uses, but the 2.4 GHz allocation is predominantly used for wireless cameras, home video senders and Wi-Fi computer networks. (article from wikipedia)

There are instructions to build your own war spying box as well as a number of youtube examples of the genre:

One, The Duelists, was actually made at the Arndale Centre using their CCTV cameras (the ‘director’ actually had access to the control room for this one).