TRACK-THE-TRACKERS is a non-pragmatic outdoor computing project: To those who choose to participate, it offers an expanded audible (not a visual!) experience of the proliferation of video surveillance in the urban public sphere.
The mobile unit, the TRACK-THE-TRACKERS--- bag consists of a laptop, a gps-receiver, a generic computer mouse and headphones. The newest surveillance camera data can be downloaded from t-t-trackers.net onto the laptop via Internet. Subsequently, the bag is taken along on an acoustic journey through the urban space. The sound changes whenever the participant moves near a surveillance camera. The participant can also hear the density of surveillance cameras in the wider environs. If the participant comes across a surveillance camera that has not been mapped she/he can mark the location of this surveillance camera audible to others by clicking on the mouse. These collected coordinates can then be uploaded to t-t-trackers.net.
The software and hardware setup is messy but documented. The software consisting of a few scripts runs on Linux and requires a few software components like alsa, pd, php and mysql to be installed.
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project homepage: http://www.t-t-trackers.net
installation-database software for linux
category: political and activist software/software resistance
uploaded by annina, 25 Jul 2004