Here's a current example of an activist event which might be useful
to discuss (a brief part of their mailing is below). Minerva Cuevas
has said on this list that net-based activism works in collaboration
with physical activism, and I thought this might be a case in point-
a physical 'Trojan Horse" being constructed whilst a metaphorical
'email trojan horse' works in the virtual world. Tom Bell asks about
the poetics of activism, and perhaps this simultaneous physical and
metaphorical might be part of the poetics? Curators have frequently
dealt with the physical and the metaphorical in conventional
exhibitions - are those skills applicable here?
>April 17, 2001
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>"SICK" EVENTS TO RECLAIM PUBLIC SPACE
>Holiday changes dates once again: April 20 in Canada, Mayday in the US,
>May 2 everywhere else
>Phone In Sick Day (http://rtmark.com/sick) has been moved to April 20 in
>Canada, to coincide with the Quebec City Summit of the Americas meeting
>that starts on that date (http://www.a20.org/).
>"Quebec has been turned into a fortress, to keep public opinion out of the
>decision-making process," explains Duane Dibbley, an RTMark member who will
>attempt to attend the Summit. "Since thousands of foreign would-be protesters
>have already been turned away at the border, we're trying the Trojan Horse
>approach: we're encouraging Canadians who might ordinarily work on that day
>to phone in sick and go to the protest instead." Previous Phone In Sick Days
>have been held responsible for the "sick-outs" of two thousand British Airways
>employees in 1997, and of thousands of Irish policemen in 1998
> ************* BREAKING NEWS: Starbucks gets medieval *************
> **** Attack delayed and extended: http://rtmark.com/starbucks ****
>Building an actual Trojan Horse immediately outside the fence erected around
>the entire Quebec City center (http://rtmark.com/more/info/fence.html) is the
>aim of RTMark Project MDVL (http://rtmark.com/fundlabor.html#MDVL).
>En franĮais: http://rtmark.com/sickfr.html.
En EspaŅol: http://rtmark.com/sicksp.html.
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