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video tagging: a public confession

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This piece was created through the use of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation's traffic cameras. The cameras capture a still image that is updated on a DOT website and is available to anyone possessing access to the internet. My confession was available to anyone observing traffic patterns, and was also seen by the dozens of passerby crossing through the intersection by foot or car. So far, there has been no response.

From a pamphlet on Providence's Combating Graffiti Initiative:

(a) "Graffiti" means any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting or other defacement that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted, or engraved on or otherwise affixed to any surface of public or private property by any graffiti implement, to the extent that the graffiti was not authorized in advance by the owner or occupant of the property, or, despite advance authorization, is otherwise deemed a public nuisance.

(b) "Graffiti Implement" means an aerosol paint container, a broad-tipped marker, gum label, paint stick or graffiti stick, etching equipment, brush or any other device capable of scarring or leaving a visible mark on any natural or manmade surface.

Mayor David N. Cicilline's Graffiti Reward Program offers five hundred dollars to members of the public who will turn in information leading to the conviction of any offenders. Video Tagging: A Public Confession is voluntarily providing the information for anyone choosing to use it.

Related Links:

Cicilline's Combating Graffiti Initiative http://www.providenceri.com/press/article.php?id=121

Rhode Island DOT's Traffice Camera Center http://www.tmc.state.ri.us/comment/camcenter.aspx

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