┐ don’t say a word, don’t tell a soul └

some of my photographs from monday’s concentration in front of the parliament to fight Portugal’s austerity plans. as can be seen, this film has been to hell and back, which actually seems to suit the scene. what follows is an excerpt of a text distributed amongst protesters on 15O. “If you’re photographing a demonstration, make sure not to take any images that might incriminate others. A photograph can fall into the hands of the police and help them chase someone. The police can easily have access to these photos by capturing people’s cameras. (…) In case you’re arrested, do not … Continue reading ┐ don’t say a word, don’t tell a soul └

┐ we’re all in deep shit VIII └

still from Dogtooth In Greece, Police decided to ban all forms of gatherings and demonstrations happening tomorrow, October 9th, between 9am and 10pm in downtown Athens for the fat queen’s coming to town. It’s just as saying: I’m sorry, democracy is down for the moment, we’ll be back in a few hours… This is not going to go well with the Greeks. Beware, they bite! Live news of the Eurozone crises via The Guardian Continue reading ┐ we’re all in deep shit VIII └

┐ “””hard-working home-owners””” └

© Graham Smith, (Boy) George O’Dowd at Great Titchfield Street squat. 1980 © Graham Smith, Kim Bowen at Warren Street squat 1980 © Graham Smith, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) at a Warren Street squat, 1981 This weekend a new law came into force that makes squatting – the occupation of empty buildings by otherwise homeless people – a criminal offence. Previously a lesser civil offence, the new law confronts squatters with the possibility of a £5,000 fine or six months in prison, with ministers declaring that this will shut the door once and for all on squatters while helping protect … Continue reading ┐ “””hard-working home-owners””” └

┐ Summer Riots └

photo taken from Le Chat Noir Emeutier “Violent clashes between youths and riot police in the northern French city of Amiens have left 16 officers injured and several public buildings torched in some of the worst rioting in the area for years – reopening the fraught political debate about France’s troubled housing estates. Rioting broke out on deprived estates in the north of the city at 9pm on Monday and raged until 4am. Around 100 youths set fire to cars, a nursery school and a youth centre as well as firing buckshot and projectiles at police officers, who saturated the … Continue reading ┐ Summer Riots └

┐ Direct Action └

© Javier Barbancho LEADERS of a workers’ union in southern Spain staged a massive raid on two supermarkets on Tuesday, filling at least 30 trolleys with staple foodstuffs to give to the poor. They gave their entire haul to local ‘food banks’ which supply hampers to families who no longer have any income to be able to feed themselves. The Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores (SAT), or workers’ union of the Andalucía region, staged an uninvited supermarket sweep on Mercadona in Écija (Sevilla) and Carrefour in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz). Their misplaced Robin Hood impression annoyed management at Mercadona, a … Continue reading ┐ Direct Action └

┐ “ how is it possible to be making art in the middle of a shit storm?” └

© Theodore Wan, Bridine Scrub (For General Surgery), 1977 (…) Therefore, when contemporary art or contemporary art theory uses terms of contemporary liberal democracy, a meaningless democracy given that the only right surviving today in fact is the right to dominance (I have the right to assert dominance, power), then, in reality, (art) does nothing but preserving the same system that creates it, doubting only on-demand. Such a characteristic example is the recent exhibition organized by the Ministry of the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, “Art and Nature” by which it actually legalizes – through a much-promoted event with … Continue reading ┐ “ how is it possible to be making art in the middle of a shit storm?” └

┐ Modern Battlefields └

@ Juan Manuel Serrano/Associated Press, more images here and here miners struggle for working conditions in Asturias, Spain. It’s been going on for weeks… You can read a personal account of what’s happening here “The total absence of limitation to the thirst for power which wants to hold everything under its thumb, even beyond all necessity, is only the expression of the absolute disappointment that the I feels when it realises that once in existence it is confined to share it with other beings and that the totality of existence is not its alone. A word from Nietzsche, ‘If there … Continue reading ┐ Modern Battlefields └

┐ The Chicago Conspiracy └

A must see! Full video here This is a trailer for our upcoming feature length documentary based in Chile and the Mapuche indigenous territory of Wallmapu. The concept for the film was born with the death of a former military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. His regime murdered thousands and tortured tens of thousands after the military coup on September 11, 1973. The Chicago Conspiracy takes its name from the approximately 25 Chilean economists who attended the University of Chicago and other prestigious universities beginning in the 1960s to study under the neoliberal economists Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger. After embracing Friedman’s … Continue reading ┐ The Chicago Conspiracy └

┐ Slavoj Zizek: all we are saying is give Greece a chance└

You come home in the evening, tired, you put on tv some stupid show like Cheers or Friends and you just sit and the tv even laughs for you. And, unfortunately, it works That’s how those in power, the European establishment, want to see – not only Greek people but all of us – just staring at the screen and observe how the others are doing the dreaming, crying and laughing. Continue reading ┐ Slavoj Zizek: all we are saying is give Greece a chance└

┐ The noise we can └

Protest in Montreal against the rise of tuition fees in Quebec and the new law 78. Every evening at 8pm people meet in the street with their pots and pans and make all the noise they can. The song (INTUITION #1 – Avec pas d’casque / avecpasdcasque.bandcamp.com/album/astronomietranslated) reads something like this: You will say, you will say that it is instinct that guided you here, the intuition of a feeling that will never return You will say, you will say all your senses were betting on the same side, for the same cause, moved by a strange force And this … Continue reading ┐ The noise we can └

┐ The police, Brecht and the Greeks └

“The river that everything drags is known as violent, but nobody calls violent the margins that arrest him.” Bertold Brecht In a letter obtained by Reuters Friday, the Federation of Greek Police accused the officials of “…blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty” and said one target of its warrants would be the IMF’s top official for Greece, Poul Thomsen. The threat is largely symbolic since legal experts say a judge must first authorize such warrants, but it shows the depth of anger against foreign lenders who have demanded drastic wage and pension cuts in exchange for funds … Continue reading ┐ The police, Brecht and the Greeks └

┐ An-My Lê └

© An-My Lê, M-246 Semi Automatic Weapon, Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal, Iraq, from the series Events Ashore, 2007 © An-My Lê, US Marine Expeditionary Unit, Shoalwater Bay, Australia, from the series Events Ashore, 2005-08 “Shot in coastal waters and regions from Iraq to Antarctica, An-My Lê’s latest series of photographs examine intersecting themes of scientific exploration, military power, environmental crises, fantasies of empire and the vast ungovernable oceans that connect nations and continents. In a continuing practice that explores photography’s ability to describe natural forces and geography as backdrops against which human ambitions are weighed and scrutinized, Lê turns … Continue reading ┐ An-My Lê └

┐ Oliver Ressler └

© Oliver Ressler, from the series We have a situation here, 2011 © Oliver Ressler, from the series We have a situation here, 2011 “We have a situation here” is a standard line in disaster films when an actor faces a challenging situation. The three photographs show people lying on top of each other and recognizably dressed as managers, police and soldiers. The piles of managers, police officers and soldiers give the impression that these central players in the exercise of power are no longer necessary. Their game is over. Managers of large corporations have for decades used their influence … Continue reading ┐ Oliver Ressler └

┐ Artists wanted! To play their role └

© LOGOG; Seb Coe, Tracey Emin, Director of the Tate Sir Nicholas Serota, Martin Creed, Michael Craig-Martin, Jonathan Edwards, Gary Hume, Cultural Olympiad Director Ruth Mackenzie and Howard Hodgkin. Finally someone says something about the issue! Peter Suchin, makes a critic about the involvement some artists are having with the Olympic Games. Not that I their recent work and attitudes hasn’t been leading up to this but some critical thinking is still to be expected within the art world, come on’. The more impact and recognition you have the more thought provoking you can be. A lot of examples can … Continue reading ┐ Artists wanted! To play their role └