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.Richly gestural, delicately nuanced, subtly subversive - Surveillance Solos provokes questions about privacy, government control, and human contact. The work is patient, specific to its goals and performed beautifully by some of LA's most revered dancers.
--- Joel Smith, Political Moves Blogspot

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.project statement | credits | narration script

Script excerpt to accompany Surveillance Solo No.1: Carol McDowell.
(text begins when she enters)

The subsequent 4 pages at this location in the file have been furnished to the FBI, LA division, by NSA under Title II, provision 203(b) of the USA Patriot Act authorizing shared electronic, wire and oral interception information.

A routine electronic screening of yahoo personals under Title II provision 201 of the USA Patriot Act: Authority to intercept wire, oral and electronic communications relating to terrorism on December 30, 2008 flagged the following under color code cornsilk:

SWW 53 yoga instructor, dancer, surfer and scholar looking for active male partner to share conversation, walks on the beach with dog, a concert or a movie from time to time, other intellectual pursuits and cultural pleasures. Possibilities for friendship and future romance.

In response to a subpoena issued under Title II, Provision 212 of the USA Patriot Act: Emergency disclosure of electronic communication to protect life and limb, Yahoo furnished the name, address, birthdate, credit card number, expiration date and security code of the person posting the ad. A case file was opened for the subject under the category: courtship crone.

A background-establishing check on facebook listed the subject as a single white female very liberal Buddhist yogini dancer self-employed interdisciplinary movement artist and scholar, residing in Los Angeles, CA and interested in women and men for networking. She has 311 friends, has links to 10 webpages and is a member of 36 groups, including color coded: red "Ultimate Social Experiment, Vote Equality and One Million Shoes for George W. Bush."

The subject's profile picture reveals her in mid-jump, legs astride with bent knees, straight arms in a V, looking down. It should be noted that the position is atypical of 53 year old females and has been classified: suspicious.

It should also be noted that the subject is often pictured with a very attractive grey weimaranner.

Posts implicating the subject's character include the following:

December 3 1:03 PM Carol McDowell is breathing into a new day.

January 13 7:22PM Carol McDowell thinks no one should suffer or DIE because they cannot afford health care.

The subject has given 79 and received 35 karmas.

A search of the State of California Department of Public Health conducted under Title II provision 220 of the USA Patriot Act: Nationwide service of search warrants for electronic evidence yielded State File No. 56 05700, confirming the female single birth of one Carol Lyn McDowell on March 13, 1956 12:52 PM.

However, the Certificate of Live Birth was not received by local registrar until Mar 28. The 15-day discrepancy connotes the subject may be slightly younger than professed.

A screening of intended enhanced personals under Title II, provision 214: Pen register and trap and trace authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act revealed the following scribble

SWW 53 interdisciplinary performance artist and scholar suffering from hot flashes and insomnia, embarrassed by hefty personal debt and alternately prideful of or cryptic about her new-age spiritual leanings looking for active male partner to share conversation, walks on the beach with dog, a concert or a movie from time to time, other intellectual pursuits and cultural pleasures. Possibilities for friendship and future romance.

The additional information garnered by the trap and trace regarding the subject's body temperature, shame and otherworldly ambivalence to be confirmed by further investigation.

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