[NetBehaviour] On the hurricane of the G-20...

james morris james at jwm-art.net
Wed Apr 8 01:36:25 CEST 2009

On the lead up to it all I remember watching about protesters on the BBC
news. No surprise, their portrayal was non-too flattering: either angry
and violent, or stupid and comic.

I used to think my art was a form of protest but lately I think it's
probably failing and just tedious. My art. art = anything i feel like
making, anything at all, to leave a trace. trying to leave something
personal in a climate of the impersonal? in a climate of big-business
something small individual by just one person... gets lost.

Never been to a protest or been involved in any kind of activism.

On 7/4/2009, "Ruth Catlow" <ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org> wrote:

>Thanks Olga for bringing this up. I'm sometimes made uncomfortable by
>the subsitution ofprotest by carnival however anything that makes public
>and social space strange, like camping on the streets or combatting
>police aggression with clownish antics (a personal favourite Clandestine
>Insurgent Rebel Clown Army http://www.clownarmy.org/about/about.html) is
>worthwhile because it gives us a glimpse of an alternative ordering of
>the world.
>Also, I know it's a bit tangental but has anyone noticed how climate
>change protesters seem to be being singled out for especially rough
>treatment from the police (and so, I assume, the government)?
>A couple of young people were allowed to smash the only unprotected bank
>windows in the city, those of RBS, (or is that an urban myth?) in front
>of a cagillion people with cameras. And yet the Independent reported how
>a group of peaceful climate-change protesters were cordoned off and
>detained in a small area, bullied and held there for hours by police who
>had their identity numbers obscured and were therefore personally
>unaccountable. I remember reports of the same kind of disproportional
>police response to Kingsnorth protesters last summer.
>best things
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>From: marc garrett <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>
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>Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] On the hurricane of the G-20...
>Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2009 16:39:21 +0100
>Hi Olga,
>An essential post. I also find it interesting that it was not discussed
>here - from my own position, I'd rather let others start the ball
>rolling rather than me, myself forcing the issue onto everyone else.
>I found the whole thing typical and disgusting. I am willing to discuss
>it if others are also. Having said this, I would not wish to presume
>that no one has been involved in these activities or exploring their own
>forms of activism, whether it be with others on the street, on the net
>or anywhere else.
>> I met a friend last Tuesday that told me that Liverpool Street seemed
>> to be preparing for a hurricane, that the buildings had their windows
>> shot and protected with wooden panels. And yes, the media was also
>> preparing us for a hurricane, so much that the hurricane almost didn't
>> come.
>> I went down to Bank on Wednesday and played the game of trying to
>> break the police barrier. It all felt so symbolic and useless.
>> I am particularly interested in the manufacture of fear as a mode of
>> control. The UK authorities master the technique and they used it once
>> again this time. They spread the hype of a really dangerous wave of
>> protests, they deployed an army of policemen and in the finally, to
>> me, it all felt so little...
>> I just read this post at K-punk
>> http://k-punk.abstractdynamics.org/archives/2009_04.html, and thought
>> it was weird that we haven't discussed anything here in
>> Netbehaviour... Not only the hurricane almost doesn't come, but it
>> leaves almost no traces.. In the post M. Fisher argues that is time to
>> move on, that these protests lead nowhere. I agree. However, even if
>> there is no response from the governments, there is something about
>> camping on the streets that I still find worth it. It's a day of
>> deviation, of using the street in a completely different way... and
>> even if it's just for the feeling that this gives you I think it is
>> still something.
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