Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We have been in discussions to activate and invite others to organize some actions, activities and events in relation and response to the "war on terror", the war in iraq, the ongoing attacks on civil liberties, responsibilities as "citizens", responsibilities as cultural workers, culture & politics, cultural politics, censorship, dissent, etc, ? . The time frame we were thinking about for the the events (which can range from creative protests, to public art works, online projects, screenings, discussions and panels) would be the weekend of April 26.
To open this call to as many people as possible, we need to collaborate with others artists, activists, groups, and organizations. We are writing this letter to seek your participation, and assistance in organizing, initiating events, but most importantly connecting and finding other partners/collaborating bodies.
We are aware that many people are already in the mindset and preparing such actions, we just want to try to create a density of these activities to coincide together and create a level of critical mass and hopefully public resonance.
We have been encouraged by the anti-war movements and the level of "resistance" that has been organized in nyc and cities around the world. We would like to involve and implicate in a more precise fashion, the role, responses, and strategies of cultural workers or others utilizing/employing artistic/creative approaches.
Our idea is to create a horizontal structure in which there is no approval of what can and cannot fit within its framework. We only propose a title, a date, an open set of ideas, themes and questions. It is up to the individuals and groups who participate to decide and organize the specific scope and nature of their projects.
Related to that weekend, we will generate a map of this cultural field of resistance and along with that a calendar of all the related events that will take be taking place.
Let us know what you think, ideas you may have or had, what you may already be working on that could coincide with these events, and if you would like to be involved (organizing, networking, creating).
At this point, Rene and I are gathering the names of people who will be organizing and doing "outreach", we really hope that this event is not just in New York, but will be in other cities as well.
For the interim, please write to email@example.com (subject: Action). We have already set up an e-mail list that people who will be involved can subscribe to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ok, looking forward to hearing back from everyone.
Ay + Rene