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One rainy day, we shut down the World Economic Forum.

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Art is a relationship rather than an object. It can not be contained by a medium such as a canvas: That would be to put it in a box.


It is a playful relation to production, wrenching something deep from the corners of our consciousness and putting it out there.

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Reclaim The Streets, George St, Sydney 2003. If you know the ppl, email me -anneenna at graffiti.net

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click here to play a 10-sec experimental video I just did from a digital camera

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I just found the Adbusters CD "Live Without Dead Time on the internet. I really enjoy it, and find some tracks really potentially useful for street theatre, for example the track about Gross Domestic Product.

Also, here are two activist collectives that call themselves artists- especially in the way they intervene to interrupt reality.

Beehive Collective, US- call themselves cultural workers.

Platform London are not involved in aesthetics as much as critique of culture.

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I am so inspired by The Lab Rats, who have incredible stories to tell about their desert travels (you should read their website). They also are in the hip hop group Combat Wombat.


Reclaim The Streets(pictured)


This global movement is about taking back the streets for Culture in the fullest sense: for restoring community to our lives, restoring joy and spontaneity to the city streetscape. Each RTS is a commentary on urban psycho-geography: the emptiness of our everyday urban isolation.



Each RTS dance party/ parade represents a break with everyday patterns of normality: It obstructs, as well as creates: it is an opening from which new possibilities can germinate. In my understanding, much of the music, imagery and actions are influenced by surrealism, playfulness or just a good sense of the absurd, aimed at surprising and breaking down the barriers of disconnection that are so noticibly part of Sydney's car culture.



I wrote a poem here about the 2002 RTS, before the World Trade Organisation's 'Mini-Ministerial' in Sydney.



Over the last few years, the police have sometimes been quite heavy-handed, indiscriminately hurting people at many of these demonstrations. It is important that everybody understands the importance of looking out for and supporting eachother, as well as being witnesses and first aid assistants in formal and informal capacities.



Such an act as taking back the streets for celebration is not only symbolically and politically powerful, but also is an act of physical power. The police feel threatened by disorder: they are therefore wary of RTS and can easily get out of control if they are not monitored.



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