For the first two weeks of January, a handful of AAAAAArtists will occupy the Art21 guest-blog, with posts reflecting on and embodying the Occupy movement.
Participating AAAAAArtists/writers will include ARLA (Elana Mann & Juliana Snapper), Teresa Carmody, Carol Cheh, Dorit Cypis, Mikal Czech, Robby Herbst, Anna Mayer, Christy Roberts, Mathew Timmons, and Matias Viegener.
photo of octupy in November 2011 at Los Angeles City Hall
The octopus is on the move! On January 2, 2012 it’s part of Occupy the Rose Parade (OTRP) and it’s looking for puppeteers.
We’ll meet at 7am on January 2 at Singer Park – hang out beforehand with the Occupy Block Party or aim to arrive in Pasadena at 6am (traffic is reeeally bad). We’ll be parading for 1.2 miles, so please be able to walk 2 miles comfortably.
We’re adapting the puppet a bit so it’s easier to carry and there’s also some more theatricality on the way. For this outing we don’t have City Hall to use as a prop so, to sharpen the anti-corporate finance message, we’re making Octy ‘accessories’ that include a huge hand attached to one of the tentacles, which will be sticking a dollar bill into a ballot box, and a hammer, with which a tentacle will try to smash a picket-fenced house.
Potential puppeteers please contact us at owendriggs at gmail dot com – absolutely no experience necessary!
More info about Octupy + video:
More info about Occupy the Rose Parade:
“OTRP has obtained full permit police protection for OTRP as well as two separate OTRP physical site locations, one of which is Pasadena Singer Park”
** UPDATE 2 ** mp3 – Kim Calder reading our letter and discussing the occupy movement on KPFK 90.7FM, on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:59 pm – (Kim begins around 8:00)
** UPDATE 1 **
We read our letter at the OccupyLA General Assembly on 12/7/2011!!
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An Open Letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa & Chief Charlie Beck Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – Shame on you.
Chief Charlie Beck – Shame on you.
We four AAAAAArtists,
arrested during your eviction of occupyLA
along with 288 others,
and then abused during our imprisonment,
seek your immediate resignations.
You and your departments have proven to us
that you are unfit to uphold your oath
and to represent
the peaceful peoples of this great city of Los Angeles.
After taking part last Tuesday
in perhaps the most uplifting,
the most beautiful,
and the most peaceful assembly outside City Hall
we became the targets of the unreasonable force of the LAPD.
Though you have portrayed your sweep of the park as a peaceful police action
we are here to insist that there is nothing peaceful about what you have done.
We, who were peaceful,
we endured sleep deprivation under 24-hour lights
and via endless booking and processing delays;
some of us endured up to 7 hours straight of tight handcuffs
resulting in bruised wrists and aching shoulders;
we endured up to 7 hours straight of no access to water, food or restrooms;
some of us were denied access to necessary medications;
we endured deliberate confusion of the senses
as we had no access to clocks or to information about our detainment;
we endured unsanitary and overcrowded cells
built for 8 but filled with over 20 arrestees,
and forced to lie on concrete floors near toilets and trash;
we endured verbal abuse from detention officers
without the benefit of innocence until proven guilty,
who blamed us for their slowdown
and for their inability to serve our most basic human needs.
The treatment we experienced
at the hands of your “hardened” detention officers
were unfit for even the most violent of criminals,
and for that you should be ashamed.
Contrary to your officers’ assertions
we did not bring this upon ourselves,
nor did our actions create this slowdown.
Rather, your PR Blitzkrieg during the eviction of the people’s park
noticeably ended as soon as the cameras disappeared.
While you patted each other on the backs in interviews and photo ops
we bore witness with our bodies.
We suffered at the hands of your arrogance
as you tried to teach us a lesson.
Perhaps it worked. Perhaps we learned some lessons–
Indeed, we learned
that it is now more important than ever to speak truth to power.
Indeed, we learned
that our faith in the right to
and the necessity of
peaceful public assembly
must remain unswayed.
Indeed, we learned
that the people united will never be defeated.
Let it be clear
that following last week’s attack and abuses
Our movement is unmoved.
Our movement is undeterred.
Our determination to change the world for the better has been emboldened.
It is time for you and others to start doing what’s right,
rather than “just doing your jobs.”
We as artists and activists
believe that there are other, better ways
to address these common issues that divide us.
We refuse to accept state intimidation and force.
We speak the language of peace and dialogue.
Your unilateral decision to raid our peaceful movement
demonstrates that you have forgotten the true power
and of the commons.
Mayor Villaraigosa – you are not our mayor.
Chief Beck – your police do not serve or protect us.
We four AAAAAArtists remind you that
You can’t arrest an Idea.
You can’t arrest a Movement.
Die Gedanken sind frei – Our thoughts are free!
members of AAAAAA, a loose affiliation of artists in Los Angeles
The following document is a presentation is a highly incomplete collection of AAAAAA projects which took place from the first day of occupation (Oct. 1) at LA City hall till approximately November 20th. The presentation (set up as a power point, but here as a PDF) begins with three projects that preceded the Occupy movement, but give a little context about some of the projects that AAAAAA artists engage in which have informed it’s formation.
This document was made for a presentation at the LA Cafe held in Santa Monica
Tired of getting beaten by the cops while peacefully protesting? Riffing on a strategy developed by friends in Italy, England, Oakland and beyond who have defended themselves against aggressive batons with bookish shields, we will construct shields based on a favorite book cover. Choose your titles carefully. The shield not only acts as a defense mechanism, it is a visual sign advocating for knowledge and culture in an age of austerity. All materials will be provided for a $35 fee.
People’s Microphone Caroling Taught by Juliana Snapper
Forget the old tradition of holding households hostage with ill-tuned xmas ditties! Join voices with the Peoples Microphone Carolers to offer citizens in Echo park a chance to share their own thoughts and have them amplified and gloriously echoed by our chorus. We will meet to warm-up and rehearse before heading into the neighborhood. FREE.
Artists from the loose affiliation AAAAAA and from the general Los Angeles art community gathered at Machine Project on Sunday, December 4th for a fundraiser to benefit four AAAAAArtists who were arrested during the eviction of occupyLA.
The evening featured:
* the music of Emily Lacy!
* frisky massage with Adam Overton!
* the liberational film loops of Marcy Saude!
* bread-baking with Nancy Popp!
* “how to fix your friend’s hair with your teeth” and other handless paddywagon-socializing activities developed by Mikal Czech!
* join a Puppy Pile for Peace (P.P.P.) in one of our streetside tents!
The benefit took place in the newly constructed Storefront Plaza, constructed by Nate Page, that by moving the front windows of the space back 20 feet has turned most of Machine’s interior space into external public space!
Thanks so much to everyone for their support!!
You can’t arrest an idea!!
Occupy Everything!! Occupy Bail!!
a 30-minute video recorded the night of the eviction by ao, leading up to the videographer’s eventual arrest. this was being broadcast live on the AAAAAA UStream channel on 2011-11-30 right after midnight, and by the time of arrest there were 170+ confirmed viewers watching as the events unfolded.
2011-11-30 occupyLA raid and eviction [ & arrest ]!!
YOU CAN’T ARREST AN IDEA!! (video by ao)
2011-11-29 & 11-30 – more occupyLA eviction clips [ the lead up to arrests ] (video by jb)
Just after midnight on 11/28/2011, the LAPD began what appeared to be their first attempt to follow through on the deadline to evict campers at occupyLA. They ultimately waited until a couple days later, but they flexed their muscle this night in an intense standoff with a couple thousand protestors.
2011-11-27 occupyLA eviction (almost) – ustream clips starting around 12:18am
2011-11-28 occupyLA eviction (almost) – around 4:51am
2011-11-28 occupyLA eviction (almost) – ustream clips starting around 5:19am