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July 28th, 2009

Welcome 2009 WGI dvd viewers.

Below are the two videos that complete the viewing experience of our 2009 show.  We programmed multiple moments throughout the performance that interact with these camera angles.  The first is the on-field camera, and the second from the surveillance tower in the back corner of the floor.  Both videos recorded during our prelims show at WGI in Dayton.

Continue reading the posts below for additional videos, photographs, and perspective on themes of surveillance and TCI’s 2009 show, Videotape.

May 7th, 2009

April 20th, 2009


Thanks for the support, everyone.
There will be a few bonus videos in the days to come.

What will be on your videotape?

April 19th, 2009

Technological performance of Radiohead’s Nude

April 19th, 2009

Highlight footage from the cameras atop the surveillance tower WGI prelims.

April 17th, 2009

Rehearsal at Sycamore HS, Cincinnati, OH.


April 16th, 2009

Orlando Send-off Show Videos:

View from the in-show camera held by the videographer in red.

Final full run.

April 16th, 2009

Pre send-off show at Lake Howell HS


April 15th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (in the big arenas)?

April 14th, 2009

Who watches the watchers?

A new system monitors the operators of CCTV as they are on the job watching live surveillance footage.  An intrusive irony.

Full article.


April 13th, 2009

April 12th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (from the inside looking out)?

April 11th, 2009



Flickr Panopticon pool.

April 10th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (when you are the camera holder)?

April 8th, 2009

What people are talking about right now:

Twitter search for “surveillance.”

Twitter search for “orwellian.”

Twitter search for “videotape.”

April 7th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (when replacing a professional)?

April 6th, 2009



Flickr Panopticon pool.

April 5th, 2009

Live surveillance camera footage from the University of Central Florida campus.

Refresh for updates.

April 4th, 2009

FFCC Championships, University HS courtyard.


March 28th, 2009

March 25th, 2009

At the airport.  How many are there?


March 24th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (when it is dark and late)?

March 23rd, 2009



March 22nd, 2009

March 21st, 2009



Flickr Panopticon pool.

March 20th, 2009

March 18th, 2009


Stanley Donwood

March 17th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (when making changes)?

March 16th, 2009

New surveillance cameras can “predict” crime before it happens.

Full Article

“The cameras can alert operators to suspicious behaviour, such as loitering and unusually slow walking. Anyone spotted could then have to explain their behaviour to a police officer.”

Minority Report?

March 14th, 2009

Art by Stanley Donwood, collaborator with Radiohead on their album artwork since 1994.





More here, and more to come.

WGI Orlando

March 4th, 2009



Spectator Entrance:


March 2nd, 2009

February 27th, 2009

February 26th, 2009

February 25th, 2009

February 24th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (when you’re alone on the floor)?

February 24th, 2009

What will be on your videotape (during rehearsal)?

February 23rd, 2009


February 23rd, 2009

Try this out:

Spend one day finding surveillance cameras every place you go.

School, stores, parking lots, restaurants, road intersections, toll booths, etc.

Since starting meetings about putting the show together, doing this on occasion has (for better or worse) changed my perceptions about some of my favorite places.  Comfortability levels have shifted, regardless of what I am actually doing at those locations.  There must be even more places where they are watching which haven’t been listed…


February 22nd, 2009

February 21st, 2009


Surveillance art by Willam Betts.  More here.

February 18th, 2009

convicted by camera

February 17th, 2009

A farmer in Virginia had a camera pointed at his property by game wardens, and was convicted of accidental trapping caught on film.  This has brought the awareness of surveillance and privacy to even rural areas, where I think most people would much less expect it.

The farmer’s attorney noted on appeal, “As noted by other courts, hidden video surveillance invokes images of the ‘Orwellian state’ and is regarded by society as more egregious than other kinds of intrusions.”

Read the full article.

February 16th, 2009

February 16th, 2009


Cameras watching holding area at Seminole HS premier show.

February 15th, 2009

February 14th, 2009



February 14th, 2009

February 12th, 2009

February 9th, 2009

I pretty much have to post this, right?

February 8th, 2009


February 5th, 2009

February 4th, 2009

February 3rd, 2009


I read an article last summer about a journalist’s experience in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar).  About the military government’s stifling of entertainment industry, and the effect on its people.  What stuck with me was the “ghost” presence effect that the government’s surveillance program has created on the streets.  Here’s an excerpt:

“In a 1977 book called Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Foucault discussed the social effects of surveillance, using a prison designed by Jeremy Bentham in 1787, called the Panopticon, as a model. The cells are arranged in a circle around a central observation tower, so that one person inside the tower can see into every cell at all times, but the prisoners, while able to see the tower, never really know whether there is a person in there watching them, or not. The observer can see out, but the observed can’t see in.

Hence the major effect of the Panopticon: to induce in the inmate a state of conscious and permanent visibility that assures the automatic functioning of power. So to arrange things that the surveillance is permanent in its effects, even if it is discontinuous in its action; that the perfection of power should tend to render its actual exercise unnecessary; that this architectural apparatus should be a machine for creating and sustaining a power relation independent of the person who exercises it; in short, that the inmates should be caught up in a power situation of which they are themselves the bearers.

This was why there was no visible military presence in the city. It wasn’t necessary. The people controlled themselves.”

Full article by Scott Carrier.

January 29th, 2009

Film by David Estrada.  Youtube link.

January 28th, 2009


“Despite being observed by CCTV cameras, elusive grafitti artist Banksy managed to create his latest - and biggest - work to date.”


More Banksy images.

January 27th, 2009

3 cameras on door

January 26th, 2009

Radiohead - Videotape [scotch mist]

January 15th, 2009

This blog is an online companion to TCI’s 2009 production, Videotape. Members, fans, and anyone can follow along with articles, videos, and other media associated with the TCI’s vision for the show.

The content, however, does not constitute official endorsements of views or opinions on any subject by TCI’s staff, members, endorsers, or its parent company. It is intended for purposes of entertainment, thought-provoking, and exposure to media that may craft the way TCI’s membership performs the show, and the way viewers interpret it.

January 1st, 2009

What will be on your videotape?