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Tasks / Documentary Defiance

Document something you are prohibited from documenting.

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posted by Lincøln on October 7th, 2008 3:58 PM


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posted by Amoeba Man on October 7th, 2008 6:12 PM

YAY! (I'm not quite as enthusiastic).

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posted by Waldo Cheerio on October 8th, 2008 11:10 AM

I am clearly too docile a member of society; I cannot think of anything besides airport security, movie theaters, and pornography that we are prohibited from documenting. (This is distinct from things which are illegal in other ways, such as home invasion or peeping-tom laws, that do not really worsen with a video-camera). What am I missing?

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posted by Lincøln on October 8th, 2008 12:40 PM

I was thinking airport security for this one.

But I like your B&E interpretation...

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posted by Myrna Minx on October 8th, 2008 12:52 PM

art museums, clearly. I was at PS1 the other day with Bjorn, and kept snapping pictures of the building even as teh guard was demanding that i stop..

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posted by Lincøln on October 8th, 2008 1:00 PM


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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 8th, 2008 1:14 PM

Aside from museums and airport security, there's also military bases, nuclear facilities, dressing rooms, and hospital rooms

Though I don't think I've ever noticed prohibitions against photography of airport security.

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posted by Beta Orionis on October 8th, 2008 2:54 PM

I would guess this is true across states, but I know that at least in L.A., you're prohibited from taking stills/video of bank buildings. You wouldn't believe how much trouble the guards give you when you're trying to photograph public art installments that happen to be in front of a bank. And anyone who's walked around downtown LA knows that most of the sculptures were installed in front of banks.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 8th, 2008 3:01 PM

It's not actually illegal to take those photos. The guards can chase you off the property, but they can't stop you from standing on the sidewalk and taking all the pictures you want. Buildings, people and events that can be viewed from public areas are all fair game. At least that's the case here in L.A..

Is this illegal?
posted by Lincøln on October 8th, 2008 3:18 PM


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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 8th, 2008 3:22 PM

I don't know about illegal, but they'd be within their rights to tell you to knock it off. Grabbing your camera from you though, that'd be a big negatory.

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posted by Augustus deCorbeau on October 10th, 2008 10:25 PM

The Photographer's Right by attorney Bert Krages is a nice quick reference sheet outlining your legal rights as a photographer. I keep a copy of it in my camera bag.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on October 11th, 2008 8:51 AM

That thing is awesome, Augustus.

Lincoln, do you still have the copy I gave you?

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posted by Lincøln on October 11th, 2008 11:04 AM

Yes. I carry it with me wherever I go.

I also quote it often.

Experience talking... +1
posted by zer0gee on October 12th, 2008 12:07 AM

Also oil refineries.

Airport security
posted by Teeth Beetles on December 30th, 2008 9:06 AM

Secure areas of airports include immigration areas, and baggage claims for the international passengers.
I think a good guideline is that if there are no trashcans in the area and there are uniformed people with guns, photography is not allowed. And especially don't take pictures of folks in uniforms. Trust me, being arrested an put in a little pokey cube shaped room with several folks with their hands on their guns doesn't look like fun.

Yeah, bad idea. I know this to some folks might seem like a challenge, but I really do not suggest it.

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posted by Kid A on October 8th, 2008 8:51 PM

If someone has a micro camera they could attempt to hide it in a voting booth come November 2nd. Highly illegal footage could be gathered there I'm sure. You'd just have to have a friend vote later in the day and remove it for you.

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posted by Loki on October 9th, 2008 1:21 AM

Well, yeah, one could. (To within a couple of days at least, assuming they're in the US.)

But, in a world full of pointless restrictions in need of undermining, is the secret ballot really something worth attacking? As election laws go, I'm rather fond of it.

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posted by Kid A on October 9th, 2008 1:35 AM

Well, I understand your statement. The point of a secret ballot is to make people comfortable voting for whomever they want with no fear of retribution from peers. If they didn't know they were being taped, it wouldn't affect the process in the least. In principal they would have been violated, but they would never have known it.

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posted by Loki on October 9th, 2008 7:22 PM

A fair point.

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posted by .thatskarobot on October 9th, 2008 2:15 PM

Somewhere I have pictures from inside buckingham, i think it was buckingham

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posted by GYØ Ben on February 14th, 2009 2:00 PM

Yeah, no.

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posted by Augustus deCorbeau on October 10th, 2008 10:29 PM


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posted by Anna Louise on October 18th, 2008 3:17 AM

LOL! Prohibited by the current laws of nature! Nice :-D

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posted by Adam on October 14th, 2008 6:05 AM

Tower Ramparts

The secuirty guard you can see here gave me a right rollocking for photographing inside the hallowed Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre. Heaven forfend.

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posted by Tøm on October 14th, 2008 7:35 AM

Oh, thanks for reminding me! Me, Adam and Jowan were escorted from Milton Keynes Shopping Centre by three large security guards after we were found taking photos from the top of the carpark.


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posted by Ben Yamiin on February 11th, 2009 10:51 PM

easy, yet difficult for Africa.


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Documentary Defiance by Myrna Minx, Clove November 14th, 2008 11:28 AM

© That's a cute little symbol, there. I mean, it looks non-threatening enough, but... What if it's serious? I guess... I'll let you know if I get a Cease-and-Desist letter.  Because I... really want to be the voice of the Book-on...

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Documentary Defiance by Ben Yamiin April 11th, 2009 3:34 PM

From Øuagadøugøu The modern architecture of Ouagadougou is amazing and not like any other place I've been. I chose to do an architectural survey of the city, but, as nearly all things in Africa, it was more difficult than one would imagine. Fi...

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I'm sorry. When I saw this task approved, I knew I would end up doing it, and I knew it wouldn't be nice. I didn't know I'd be motivated by spite. That's a nasty thing to let yourself be propelled by, and I'm sorry for that. There's a lot of cran...

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Documentary Defiance by Ben [Sunshine] August 14th, 2009 12:15 AM

The Gallery of Looted Statues The Khmer people of what is now Cambodia spent several hundred years constructing massive stone temples, covered and filled with exquisitely carved statues of their various deities, heroes, and Kings. Everyone else spent...

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Documentary Defiance by Herbie Hatman February 12th, 2009 9:15 AM

In the Museum of Visual Arts in Montevideo Uruguay no photography is permitted. I figured as much, despite not having seen the sign on the way in. After a few shots the guard came up. Mumbled something to me quietly (as though not to disturb the o...

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Alcatraz National Park is famous for the immersive experience it provides visitors. You can clamber around much of the island (though nowhere that is home to either dangerous broken things or feathered newborn things). You can sit in a jail cell! ...

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Crashing and documenting parties is often not strictly allowed, but generally isn't as prohibited as it was for this particular party. The party I crashed was the Governor's International Climate Summit, taking place in the Beverly Hilton. A quick ...

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Documentary Defiance by Burn Unit May 26th, 2009 3:40 PM

IN a daring raid I acquired free tickets to Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change (a big piece of big theater that really makes you believe again in the power of that artform) at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. I attempted to document various...

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Documentary Defiance by Majyk March 11th, 2009 6:43 AM

This task seemed like a giggle of a way to "stick it to the man" so guess what? i did it! (obviously otherwise i wouldnt be writing this praxis) on a bit of a whime i signed up for this without looking at what other people had done so if anyones done...

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Documentary Defiance by praximity, artmouse October 17th, 2008 4:56 PM

A week or so ago, artmouse (my commentary indicated like so) and I were attending a lecture/discussion by noted author Haruki Murakami at the local Zellerbach Hall (which is, regrettably, not a library)(*tear*). He turned out to be hilarious and ch...

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