Archive for April, 2007

inspiration

April 24, 2007

Easy Rider Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee:

Oh Mary Don’t You Weep Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon & Jean Ritchie:

Down By The Riverside Sister Rosetta Tharpe:

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some good ideas

April 23, 2007

Margaret Kilgallen & Barry McGee on PBS’ Art21.

happiness machines & the engineering of consent

April 20, 2007

Here are parts 1 and 2 of The Century of the Self, a BBC documentary about elite attempts at mass control through public relations and psychoanalysis. Parts 3 and 4 can be found on google video. The documentary is by Adam Curits.

I think that these techniques of manipulation and mind control are the spells that our artwork is attempting to counteract. Attempting to work for consciousness expansion and self-empowerment rather than control. Against the culture of a limited, dehumanized reality. Against the culture of war.

swoon

April 15, 2007

WE ARE STILL ALIVE

April 10, 2007

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more on flickr, including the RIP Nina Simone / End the Goddam Endless War combo of Mississippi Goddam and the David Vs Goliath pattern…

“reclaiming our economy, our culture, and our politics”- Vandana Shiva

April 9, 2007

It is important to note that although the people of the United States are often identified with (and often self-identify with) the systems of neoliberal globalization that Vandana Shiva is talking about, we too need to reclaim ourselves, our local cultures, and our humanity from these systems.

One way these systems attack us here in the midwest is through the patenting of seeds by seed companies. It is also interesting to note that the concept of being able to patent something like a seed is another outgrowth of the neoliberal doublethink described by Adam Curtis in his BBC documentary The Trap. In this next interview clip, Vandana Shiva discusses seed patents and how their use threatens to drive out small localized farming.

the lonely robot

April 8, 2007

This is part two of an important BBC documentary called The Trap. It is a critique of neoliberal/neoconservative conceptions of freedom and the supremacy of the marketplace. It discusses these ideas as leading to an empty hollow shell of human life rather than real freedom. These are the theories that underly everything from No Child Left Behind, to the pharmaceutical industry, to the privatization of social programs and utilities, to the redefinition of people from citizens to consumers.

They actually interview many of the theorists who concocted the ideas and it is chilling to hear them flat out say they do not even understand how a human being could be motivated by anything other than blind self interest. Note also that when the privatization of the state is promoted by the neoliberals because the market forces are able to better organize society, this is actually the definition of fascism as the combination of state and corporate power. Chilling stuff that makes our current social situation more understandable.

This documentary was made by Adam Curtis, who also made The Power of Nightmares, an important BBC documentary about the neoconservative contstruction of Al Qaeda and the war on terror. The other two parts of The Trap and the three parts of The Power of Nightmares can be found on Google Video.