I know a situationist

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I said this in an online chat with Max McKeown, talking about my helping with the planning for CFP2005 in Seattle and tendency to get overly ambitious: there was more than enough happening but I kept seeing oppurtunities to add in more.

The specific Situationist I had in mind was Bill Brown, co-founder of the Surveillance Camera Players. I'm not completely sure he's a Situationist, but his site hosts a bunch of Situationist archives and he does Situationist-like things, so he's close enough ... and actually, I don't particularly know him -- I met him very briefly at CFP2003 in New York City, where he led a Surveillance Camera Walking Tour -- but I was thinking that it might be interesting to cross-pollinate his viewpoints with Mark Hosler of Negativland, who was giving a talk at CFP2005. There was also a sousveillance panel, a session on Hollywood since 9/11 and a beauty pageant ... Seattle has an Indymedia organization ... y'know, with the right perspectives (hence the need for a Situationist) and planning, this could be enough to spark a city-wide art festival!

In the event, there were other priorities (and Bill Brown didn't come to CFP that year anyhow), so we didn't go down this path at all. There was certainly a lot of good stuff. The conference bags had the fourth amendmant printed on them and surveillance domes attached -- and some of them had real cameras in them, feeds from which were displayed on a screen next to the opening panel on "Sousveillance in the Panopticon" [organized by Stephanie Perrin, moderated by Anita Ramasastry of the University of Washington Law School, and featuring Dr. Latanya Sweeney, Dr. Steve Mann (who had done the electronics), David Brin, and Simon Davies]. That worked. After the Workshop on Wanishing Anonyminity on Tuesday, Steve Mann led a sousveillance visit to a mall. Mark Hosler played Mashin' of the Christ as well as giving new perspective on "the letter U and the numeral 2", the ACLU's demo of reading RFID's in passport from a distance helped lead to a policy change. danah boyd moderated four extremely articulate local teenagers in the "kids panel". Bruce Schneier described David Brin's stark choice between two different favors of transparent society as "fatalistic", I led a Birds of a Feather session on 20 Percent Time and Wendy Grossman played my brother's "Sousveillance Waltz" at the Big Brother Awards.

But no city-wide art festival.

One of these years, though ...