CCTV Social

In March 2008 Shaina Anand collaborated with Manchester Metropolitan University and Arndale Shopping Centre to open working CCTV environments to a general audience. People normally 'enclosed' by these networks came into the control rooms to view, observe and monitor this condition, endemic in the UK.

Manchester's Open Street Surveillance, with Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras (covering approx a 3km radius) and systems wired into the surrounding architecture over a decade ago were subject to demonstrations, scrutiny and inquiry by 36 participants. These sessions became somewhat like a diagnostic clinic, where symptoms, anxieties and inoculations about 'public health', under surveillance were mediated upon. The therapy sessions seemed to work both ways, for the participants as well as the security officers.

If the analog control room of MMU's Open Street Surveillance seemed 'just like 1984', the CCTV control room of the Arndale Centre bore cold testimony to the much heard myth, 'the IRA bomb saved Manchester'. The mall was the site of the largest IRA bomb in the UK, (1996) and its rebuilding (to create the largest Mall in UK) was the start of Manchester's regeneration program.
By having over 100 members of the public sign 'image-release' forms, the crew manipulated the UK Data Protection Act to have 'public' access the surveillance feed from the malls 206 cameras.

Visit links on the right for still and moving images and text about the sessions.
Annotations and Downloads at PAD.MA

A series of videos were exhibited at Cornerhouse, Manchester in April-May 2008 for the Asian Trienale Manchester 08, in an exhibition titled, What do you want?, curated by Kathy Rae Huffman.

Commissioned by Cornerhouse and Cornerhouse Education Livewire Program.
Capital Circus commissioned by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway for Reality Effects.

with Chris Clarke, Ashok Sukumaran, Marisa Draper.

Special thanks to: Kathy Rae Huffman, Sarah Perks, Tereza Kotyk at Cornerhouse.

Georgina Amica-Carpenter, Max Igbon and Jon Ratcliffe from Livewire Youth Program and Dean Brocklehurst, Hannah Mosley, Dale Copley.

Jai Redman from Ultimate Holding Company.

MMU Security: Joe and Steve. Ian, Bernadette, Mike, Alf, Stewart.

Arndale Security: Gayle, Colin and Paul.

Jodie Sadler, Marisa Draper, Dean Brocklehurst, Rob Dunne, Alasdair Swenson, Sarah Jamison, Gwen Osmond, Roisin Weintraub and Daniel Johnson, Rachel Ashcroft, Matthew Holland, Lowri Evans, Amy Pennington, Hannah Swan, James Tennet, Kate Taylor, Helen Taylor, Alex Donohue, Adam Moxley, Amy Glendinning, Julie Spellman, Dale Copley, Phil King, Isabel Croissant, Anna Churcher Clarke, Elisabeth Bromley, Jonathan Watts, Harriet Mitchell, Dan Williamson, Joe Richarson, Jai Redman.

Capital Circus, 2008

as part of
The Unfaithful Octopus
Nanyang Technological University

In Cameras Res, 2019

De Appel, Amsterdam

On three screens, a city-symphony filmed by automated CCTV cameras in Amsterdam. The optical and motor capacities of these cameras are pushed to an extreme. Certain human subjects reappear near or far in the images, suggesting a form of reciprocal knowledge or intent, a secret pact between cameras and people.

Capital Circus, 2008

Filmed at the then largest mall in Europe, the Arndale Center, which had been built over the centre of Manchester town after an IRA bombing in 1992. Filmed using the 208 cameras of the mall, from the control room. Over a hundred subjects were followed after they signed a "release form" combining CCTV and documentary image release protocols.
Part of the project CCTV Social.

27 mins, CCTV video.

The Neighbour before the House

"The Neighbour Before the House deals with the effects and narrative remainders of a (warfare) technology and proposes a method of witnessing, a witness machine."

CCTV Social Manchester

CCTV social premiered on April 3rd at Cornerhouse Manchester, as part of Asian Trienale Manchester 08, organised by Shisha. The show, titled what do you want, feautred five artists from India and was curated by Kathy Rae Huffman.

Shaina @ Cornerhouse

Cold Clinic Day 2

Day Two was a colder day. Joe and Steve were blurry-eyed when we got to the 'clinic'; Steve had had been on the eleven-hour night shift and was continuing through the day as they were short-staffed. Friday, the day of our first session had been the last day of Uni. Today was Sunday and the streets were quiet.
The 'warmth' of the Control room provided a space for diagnosis and self-examination. From Kate Taylor, a film curator from Liverpool interested in how artists and operators view CCTV to Phil, an employee of BAE systems and Julie who worked at Granada TV came a range of questions and reflections. Steve, feeling vulnerable and less on the defense offered us some clear insights about life 'on the beat' and about the processes of gentrification and regeneration he had witnessed in the city.

View short excepts from Day Two below.

Cold Clinic Day 1

The doors of the clinic opened at 11 am. "Have a nice day" by the Stereophonics was playing on the radio and in came Jodie Sadler, a young filmmaker who had traveled from London for the session."So how does all this work, talk me through it."
The day progressed with two-person on-the-hour sessons.
View short excerpts from Day One.


Through both days, Max, Jon, Georgina, Marisa, Chris and I walked through the mall, aware that we were being followed. Playing around with UK's Data Protection act and the documentary filmmakers mandatory 'image release'(with a side-ways wink at 'participatory' art practice), we carried with us "Image Release Forms' and encouraged people to sign on. The net result was that we had about a 100 release forms and were able to make a 'public' request for the Surveillance Videos.

Campus Walk

Around 4 in the evening, the sun came out for a bit. Stuart, (who we had earlier visited at 2am on Friday night to witness the night shift) takes me for a walk around the MMU area. He maps all 36 'open street' cameras. Steve in the control keeps close track on us, cameras overhead rotate and tilt down. I film them instinctively, like animals stalking prey they watch, dark-eyed. Keeping Steve company in the control room are Chris and Anna and Elizabeth, the 4 o'clock visitors. As Stuart and me end our camera count, they spy 2 of their friends cutting across the park.

The Mall

At 10 am on March 25, Chris Clarke led us to the back alley behind the Arndale Center. A series of buzzers, auto-lock doors and sign-ins later, and we were in the control room of the Arndale Mall.

Camera Obscura

Tate Modern

29th March, 2017, 7:00 pm
South Tank

CCTV Social at Space Hamilton

Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran's project CCTV Social is being shown as a 30-minute video at Space Hamilton, Seoul as part of the exhibition
"The Second Order", curated by Ji Yoon Yang.
Opening December 7th, 2010.

Artists talk by Ashok Sukumaran: "Postscript on the Order of Networks"
December 18th, 4pm

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

CCTV Social and Capital Circus
Bunny Smash
design to change the world

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
October 3, 2013 to January 19, 2014

CAMP at FD Zone

Two films by CAMP

CCTV Social
The Neighbour before the House
RR Theatre
10th Floor
Films Division
Pedder Road, Mumbai
Saturday, 31st August, 2013
4:00 pm

As If - II Flight of the Black Boxes

24 JORBAGH, New Delhi
January 27 - February 24 2015

Born in experimentation and uncertainty, black boxes of machines and institutions surround us with seemingly smooth and impenetrable functions. But reintroduce the uncertainty, reopen the conflicts, and the box appears stable in neither form nor function.

Twelve works by CAMP look out through the interior worlds of cameras, memory devices, surveillance systems and more, developing feelings and strategies along with them.


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