Rolling Jubilee: Schöne Idee aus dem von Occupy Wallstreet, die geplatzte Schulden aufkaufen und löschen. Ich wünsche mir da ein bisschen mehr Info und Transparenz (man sollte Spenden direkt verfolgen können zu den Schulden, die man damit löscht, anonymisiert natürlich), aber generell: Einen crowdfunded Bailout für Menschen – find’ ich gut.
As a test run, we spent $500, which bought $14,000 of distressed debt. We then ERASED THAT DEBT. (If you’re a debt broker, once you own someone’s debt you can do whatever you want with it — traditionally, you hound debtors to their grave trying to collect. We’re playing a different game. A MORE AWESOME GAME.
Tolle Bilderserie von den Anniversary-Protesten von OWS von Bartosz Matenko. Ich halte die Fotos für Überbearbeitet, die wirken dadurch auf ‘ne seltsame Weise sehr artifiziell, das ist wahrscheinlich unbeabsichtigt. Ich halte diesen Effekt aber auch aus irgend einem Grund, der mir nicht so ganz klar ist, für äußerst passend. (Was keine Kritik an OWS selbst sein soll, sondern eher an der Hipster-Rezeption des Movements. Irgendwie so.)
2012-09-17 Occupy Wall Street first anniversary. Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. A loosely organized group of demonstrators first gathered in New York one year ago Monday as part of a movement that thrust “the 99 percent” into the political lexicon. The protests spread to dozens of cities across the United States. By 7 p.m. Sunday, New York police said there had been no arrests during the day — but they put the number of arrests Saturday at about 40. Protesters faced various charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrests and felony assault.
Vor einer Woche wurde die gute Molly Crabapple beim einjährigen Jubiläum von Occupy Wallstreet verhaftet und im Polizei-Van twitterte sie „Can’t wait to draw this“ (und: „While we were being put into van a suit grinned and told the cops ‘nice work’“). Genau das hat sie jetzt getan und die Geschichte ihrer Verhaftung für CNN aufgeschrieben und illustriert:
Jail is waiting. Depressing waiting. Humiliating waiting. Pointless, tedious waiting in a crowded cage with dead roaches and no running water, where officers processing you through the system laugh at your discomfort and fear. […]
I was the last person released from my cell. The woman who left before me, a middle-aged lawyer who had been arrested multiple times that weekend, reassured me that I’d get out soon. When I did, friends were waiting with hugs, pizza and the National Lawyers Guild. Occupiers have a strong support system for those who are arrested, whether it’s in the form of food, drinks or a pro bono lawyer. I felt incredibly lucky, essentially a tourist in that miserable place. In the pizza joint across the street, we bought beer for a woman who’d been held for 38 hours.
While I was alone before my release, pacing back and forth, it was almost impossible not to suspect that I was stupid, that my actions were futile. Which is the point of an arrest. Getting arrested for a social protest is like being put through aversion therapy, a punishment in and of itself. A relative of mine, an Occupy supporter, said that after my arrest, she’d never protest again. And that’s the point.
Me? I’d be back.
Spannende Minidoku von Motherboard über Hacker, die eigene Netz-Architektur am Rande der Occupy-Proteste bauen.
If the argument for mesh networking, a sort of pirate radio Internet scheme that allows people to talk to one another online through no middle man, is that a centralized ‘Net lends itself to the sort of surveillance and censorship that, however futile, strokes the Internet kill switch of science fiction, is there a way to circumvent that system altogether? Is there a way to build a new network from the bottom up? To occupy a fresh Internet outside the existing confines of the Web? Or is that all just the stuff of ideological fantasy?
To check the pulse of the Internet – and to get a feel for what life’s like in the digital nerve center of what’s arguably the first fully Web-fueled social movement in America – Motherboard has been following Wilder and Tyrone Greenfield, communications director for the Free Network Foundation, for the past half year.
Molly Crabapple macht wieder Quatsch auf Kickstarter (und das Buch zu ihrer Week in Hell, über die ich vor ein paar Wochen gebloggt hatte, gibt’s jetzt auch als Buch: Art of Molly Crabapple Volume 1: Week in Hell (Art of Molly Crabapple Vol 1)[Amazon-Partnerlink]), wo sie sich Occupy Wallstreet-inspirierte Malerei von neun riesigen Gemälden rund um die absaufende Wirtschaft und korrupte Bankster bezahlen lässt. Die Aktion ist bereits zu 175% finanziert und ich freu mich schonmal auf die Artworks.
Shell Game is an art show about the world financial collapse, and the people who have risen up in protest against it. I’ll create nine giant paintings about the different parts of the collapse and the global movement fighting back (including Goldman Sachs, Greece, and Occupy Wall Street), but filter them through my lens of burlesque, surrealism, satire, and symbolic animals. Then, I’m going to rent a storefront in New York city, rig it out like a gambling parlor, and invite the city and the Internet to check it out for a week.
It doesn’t seem right to make an art show about the way financial elites screwed us up and only sell things that financial elites can afford. So I’m turning to you to create an art show that anyone can be a part of. Your support in this project will help me cover the cost of creating spectacular art that’s meant for everyone to enjoy. And help me do it without asking the permission of rich people.
Because art is awesome. And big, splashy, gold encrusted, glittering things are awesome. But so is populism. I want to see how they look together.
Wired über die neueste Protestform der Occupy-Bewegung: Eine 2-Player-Arcade-Machine auf Rollen: Occupy Rolls Out Its Most Subversive Tech: A Mobile Arcade Game for the 99%. Gaming auf selbstgemachten Arcade-Maschinen als Protest, da wird mir echt richtig warm ums Herz und meine Nippel stellen sich auf.
The OAK-U-TRON 201X console and the videogame that lives therein, Keep Me Occupied, are the most recent inventions of a movement that has spawned human-microphone apps and its own brand of music. They made their inaugural voyage Jan. 28 as Occupy protesters marched in Oakland, dragging the awkward cabinet along with them like ants shuttling weighty foodstuff. Protesters teamed up for games while miraculously avoiding the tear gas and flashbang grenades that eventually made their way into the crowds that day.
The OAK-U-TRON 201X (a nod to the Mega Man games that took place in the ambiguous year of 200X or 20XX) is the brainchild of game designers Alex Kerfoot, Anna Anthropy and Mars Jokela, a project designed both as entertainment and as a microcosm of the Occupy movement — collaborative, ambitious and optimistic. And it’s set to officially debut before the gaming community at San Francisco’s Game Developers Conference on Friday. […]
“The game [marries] the idea of the social movement where everyone who’s playing contributes to the overall success of everyone,” says Anthropy. “Someone who’s maybe not super good at videogames might only get to an early switch, but they’ll still stay behind and hold that switch and help all future players to still be contributing something that’s significant.”
Channel 4 ist mit Alan Moore zu den Protestern von Occupy London gelatscht, die „seine“ V-Maske tragen.
Channel 4 News decided to bring Alan Moore from his Northampton home, face-to-face with the Occupy protesters who wear his creation. The glances he attracts from passers by on the streets of London are not usually because of his fame; instead they’re attributable to the strange, occult-like and sepulchral, figure he cuts.
He famously objects to his major works (From Hell, V for Vendetta, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Watchmen) being turned into films; but even if he were an enthusiast, this is not a man, you feel, who would happily grace a Hollywood wrap party. But once in the Occupy camp, he fits right in. He’s greeted with warmth, and as much adulation as this odd but compelling experiment in collectivist anarchism can muster. Another sign, if it was needed, that comics remains an art form of the marginal.
Schönes Posting auf Creative Review über die Zeitung zu Occupy London. Im Oktober hatten sie schonmal ein Posting, damals vor allem über die Typo und das Layout von Lazaros Kakoulidis und Tzortzis Rallis. Der Font für die Headlines heisst übrigens Bastard. Sehr schön! Die Website der Occupied Times gibt’s hier und da gibt’s alle Ausgaben als PDF.
While the designers recognised that the paper needed to represent Occupy London in print, they were keen to design something that would be accessible to people who weren’t necessarily familiar with the movement. Too many protest graphics, says Rallis, are designed to talk only to those already involved in political movements. Equally, a definitive identity, coupled with well designed communications material, gives a movement added authority and weight.
“Protest collectives are often limited in terms of their communications,” says Rallis, “and in the mainstream media they are often presented incorrectly, even as terrorists in some cases. But graphic design is a way to make people realise that these movements are not like that, that you can present the cause in a better way and make it more approachable to different people.”
Schönes Fake-Commercial für ein Occupy Wallstreet Lego Set.
Joe Heaps hat ein Buch mit Polizeigewalt zum Ausmalen im Fanzine-Style veröffentlicht – handgebunden und fotokopiert – nachdem eine Freundin von ihm in Manhattan während der Occupy-Proteste Pfefferspray abbekommen hat. Großartig!
Forty-six artists, including Shepard Fairey, have contributed black-and-white artwork to the Police Brutality Coloring Book, a 48-page DIY publication inspired by incidents of violent police action against Occupy Wall Street activists.
“I wasn’t directly involved with the movement, but I had been down there a few times and was sympathetic to the cause,” said Police Brutality Coloring Book creator Joe “Heaps” Nelson in an interview with Wired.com. Then it turned out that Chelsea Elliott, one of four women pepper-sprayed during a Sep. 24 protest march in Manhattan, was a friend of a friend of the New York artist.
The incident, and others like it, spurred Nelson into action. “I am outraged at how the police are treating people,” he said, “and moral outrage is not my default setting. And then when I saw that guy at Cal Davis [University of California at Davis campus police Lt. John Pike] calmly spray those kids in the face, I knew I had to do something.” […] The result is a photocopied, saddle-stitched book, with artwork ranging from crude sketches to fine illustrative art — most of which is conducive to coloring, some of which isn’t. Nelson describes it as “basically a punk-rock ‘zine, like what I used to do in the ’80s.”
Toyremixer Sucklord von Suckadelic ist ein alter Nerdcore-Bekannter und hatte gestern eine neue Popup-Ausstellung für eine Nacht am Start mit Transformers-Toys und den Deceptions als die fiesen 1%. Hier ein Flickr-Set mit den gezeigten Toy-Remixen, ein paar davon nach dem Klick, Snip von Wired:
“I don’t claim to be part of Occupy Wall Street, to represent it or speak for it in any way, and I do not use the name directly in any of my offerings,” Sucklord, aka Morgan Phillips, told Wired.com in an e-mail. “This project is my exploration into the way occupation as a means of protest has taken over popular culture. By transposing the idea into the world of Transformers, it underscores the concept’s applicability.”
Still, the one-night-only Occupy Cybertron exhibition has the New York artist carefully walking a tightrope fraught with fraying possibility.
Sucklord calls himself a Jerk of Art so you don’t have to.
“I thought long and hard and nearly pulled the plug on this release, for fear of running afoul of the movement,” said Sucklord, who previously created a gay Star Wars toy collection. “I’m squarely in the camp of the 99 percent, and I know it’s anathema to the movement to profit off of it, so I want to make my intentions clear before anyone makes any snap judgments.”
Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Suckadelics Toy Lords of Chinatown Episode 2
You’re an asshole for buying this: The Suckadelic Art Toy Universe
Suckadelics Toy Lords of Chinatown
Graffiti AT-AT mit Pieces in Star Wars-Lettern
Occupy Comics hat gestern einen extrem grandioses Coup gelandet. Die haben in den letzten Tagen nicht nur Amanda fucking Palmer, Dean Haspiel (American Splendor) und David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Designer der Anonymous-Maske) an Bord geholt, sondern auch den großen Weirdo der Comics überhaupt: Alan Moore macht mit. Von Wired:
Nearly 30 years after publishing V for Vendetta, writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd are throwing their support behind the global Occupy movement that’s drawn inspiration from their comic’s anti-totalitarian philosophy and iconography.
Moore will contribute a long-form prose piece, possibly with illustrations, to the Occupy Comics project. His writing work will explore the Occupy movement’s principles, corporate control of the comics industry and the superhero paradigm itself.
Lloyd signed onto the growing Occupy Comics project last week, as did Madman’s Mike Allred and American Splendor’s Dean Haspiel. Occupy Comics will eventually sell single-issue comic books and a hardcover compilation, but an innovative arrangement with Kickstarter means that funds raised through pledges of support can be channeled directly to Occupy Wall Street’s populist ranks now.
“It’s fair to say that Alan Moore and David Lloyd are unofficial godfathers of the current protest movement,” said Halo-8 founder and Occupy Comics organizer Matt Pizzolo in an e-mail to Wired.com. “It’s really amazing to see two creatives whose work was inspiring to street protesters join a creative project that is inspired by the street protesters. It’s a pretty virtuous cycle.”
Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Occupy Comics: Art and Stories inspired by Occupy Wall Street
Honest Publishing hat ein superinteressantes, zweiteiliges Interview mit Alan Moore über Publishung, Occupy Wallstreet und Frank Miller und auch wenn ich eBook-Gutfinder und Kindle-Besitzer bin, finde ich folgende Sätze ziemlich großartig:
I’m not against electronic books per se. I don’t think they’re the downfall of civilisation or the end of literacy. I just tend to have quite a lot of faith in the book itself as the publishing world equivalent of a shark. Sharks have not evolved in millions and millions of years simply because they haven’t had to. They were pretty much perfect to start with. And I feel the same way about books.
Hier die Stelle über Occupy Wallstreet und Frank Miller:
As far as I can see, the Occupy movement is just ordinary people reclaiming rights which should always have been theirs. I can’t think of any reason why as a population we should be expected to stand by and see a gross reduction in the living standards of ourselves and our kids, possibly for generations, when the people who have got us into this have been rewarded for it; they’ve certainly not been punished in any way because they’re too big to fail. I think that the Occupy movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who’s too big to fail. It’s a completely justified howl of moral outrage and it seems to be handled in a very intelligent, non-violent way, which is probably another reason why Frank Miller would be less than pleased with it. I’m sure if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman make-up on their faces, he’d be more in favour of it. We would definitely have to agree to differ on that one.
Massive Attack haben ein paar Mixe als offiziellen Soundtrack für Occupy London zur Verfügung gestellt. Oben nur der erste davon, den Rest gibt’s hier bei Soundcloud. Der erste Track ist übrigens Vivi Bach & Dietmar Schönherrs „Molotow Cocktail Party“.
Mixes from the Massive Attack Channel.
we did some mixes in support of the occupy london movement. we don’t see it as left versus right or anarchy versus order. but people taking action and applying pressure on a problem that politicians are unable to fix as they are also the shareholders. look forward to your comments and criticisms. robert