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Uses of Intelligence
The CCTV Treasure Hunt was showcased at the Uses of Intelligence exhibition in conjunction with Design Event 09.
3 live games were played in Newcastle, Sunderland & Washington during the festival. We also developed an installation for Arts Centre Washington, that included videos, a selection of new prints and a computer access to this website.
The CCTV Treasure Hunt was held in Nottingham as part of Radiator Festival on January 18th 2009. Participants set out on what should have been a sleepy Sunday afternoon and managed to find nearly 200 cameras in under 1 hour! Check out the map below for the results….
October 2004, performed as part of PlatformNorthEast 04
The game was first played in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2004 and it involved using a hand-drawn map of the Ouseburn Valley to locate CCTV cameras installed in the area. Participants were invited to find cameras and mark their location on the map. The game ended after 1 hour and the person who managed to spot the most cameras during that time, won the game!
Over the years the game has evolved to invite audiences to participate on a physical and virtual level by uploading the findings they collect during the game to the CCTV Treasure Hunt Online Map. This way, we aim to slowly create a comprehensive visual map of the complex surveillance systems that are embedded in our urban environments. Join us by sending in your pics: