Stand up to Save Your Say [#geekgirl]
“The LNP government wants to close down free speech in Queensland. Extreme new laws will make it practically impossible for workers to speak out on important workplace and community issues. Stand up to Save Your Say and defend democracy in Queensland…This television advertisement may hold the key to saving your say. Your donation – small or large – can help put this ad on air so everybody knows what’s at risk from these extreme new laws threatening free speech.”
Do You Detest Monsanto As Much The Next Reasonably Lucid Person? If Yes…. [#geekgirl]
…then this is for you:
Monsanto, a titan of the emerging biotech industry, has come under attack from environmentalists, agriculturalists and average consumers over the company’s conduct in the realm of genetically-modified organisms and genetically-engineered foods. Despite research on the effects of GMO crops being largely considered inconclusive, Monsanto has lobbied hard in Washington and around the globe to be able to continue manufacturing lab-made foods without the oversight that many have demanded.
In March, Congress passed a biotech rider dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by its critics that essentially allows that company and others that use GMOs to plant and sell genetically-altered products without gaining federal permission.”
#Tax #Evaders: Play It Now! [#geekgirl]
“Incredibly, some of the wealthiest, most powerful corporations pay less than you or I do in taxes. While the rest of us pay our fair share, these corporate Tax Evaders are stealing nearly $100 Billion a year out of our national economy – every year. Meanwhile, drastic cuts to our public services are taking place, threatening social security, health care, education, and much more.
It’s time to stop talking about cuts, and start talking about the corporations who have changed the laws in order to avoid paying their fair share. It’s time to make them pay.
Tax Evaders is a national project involving artists, game designers, researchers, protest groups, grassroots organizations and concerned citizens.
“Only For #Children” [#geekgirl]
“[The] ANAR Foundation…attend[s] children and teenagers [in] a risk situation…they can find the help they need in a totally anonymous and confidential way. But, how can we get our message to a child abuse victim, even when they are accompanied by their aggressor?
Knowing the average height for adults and children under 10,GREY has created two different messages. Using an outdoor lenticular we show adults an awareness message, while children see a message where we offer them our help and show them the telephone number. A message only for children.”
“#Glitch Moment/ums” Exhibition [#geekgirl]
“Curated by Rosa Menkman & Furtherfield.
Opening Event: Saturday 8 June 2013, 2-5pm
with Glitch Performance by Antonio Roberts at 3pm
Open Friday to Sunday 11-5pm
“The glitch makes the computer itself suddenly appear unconventionally deep, in contrast to the more banal, predictable surface-level behaviours of ‘normal’ machines and systems. In this way, glitches announce a crazy and dangerous kind of moment(um) instantiated and dictated by the machine itself.” Rosa Menkman
Glitches are commonly understood as malfunctions, bugs or sudden disruptions to the normal running of machine hardware and computer networks. Artists have been tweaking these technologies to deliberately produce glitches that generate new meanings and forms. The high-speed networks of creation and distribution across the Internet have provided the perfect compost to feed this international craze. This exhibition shows various approaches by artists hacking familiar hardware and their devices which include mobile phones, and kindles. They disrupt both the softwares and the digital artefacts produced by these softwares whether it be in the form of video, sound and woven glitch textiles.”
“Ag-Gag” Gagged: the First Ever Prosecution Attempt = Dismissed [#geekgirl]
Back in March I wrote here about the travesty that is “Ag-Gag” – unbelievable USA legislation that allows agriculturalists to legally prosecute citizens who video instances of animal abuse:
“Only in ‘Murica would
potential advocates of animal torturecertain sectors of the agricultural and farming community seek to stop the *documentation* of animal abuse, not the abuse itself…”
Luckily, the first case that has been enacted under the Bill has been dismissed without prejudice, as is reported here by “Green Is The New Red”:
Just 24 hours after I broke the story about Amy Meyer’s arrest under Utah’s ag-gag bill, the Draper City prosecutor’s office has dropped all charges!
The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means there’s a possibility of them being filed again, but her attorney says this is highly, highly unlikely — especially after the massive outpouring of outraged after yesterday’s article. To give you an idea: the article made it on the front page of reddit.com today, and in a few hours hundreds of thousands of people visited this website (crashing it for about an hour as we scrambled to adjust the servers).
Yay say the Ag-Gag Gaggers!
Aaron Swartz #Documentary – The Internet’s Own Boy [#geekgirl]
Save the Rat! [#NSFW] [#geekgirl]
Help this independent, not-for-profit, performance space buy 40% of the building it lives in.
Watch the evolution of the Rat from empty warehouse to creative playground as one of the 5 founders, Teresa Avila, shares the story of the Red Rattler and why it needs your help at pozible.com/savetherat.
The Red Rattler Theatre is a community-based venue and artists’ studios. The Theatre operates on a not-for-profit basis.
The Red Rattler Theatre is a creative playground for performers, musicians, artists, designers, multi-media makers, experimentalists, film-makers, theorists, activists, collective organisers, and local punters. It is fitted with a full PA, stage, LED lighting rig, projector and screen, licensed bar, three non-residential artist studios, and a rooftop garden.
Patti Smith Advises the #Young [#geekgirl]
“Build a good name”, rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. “Life is like a roller coaster, it is going to have beautiful moments but it is going to be real fucked up, too”, she says.
The American singer, poet and photographer Patti Smith (b. 1946) is a living punk rock legend. In this video she gives advice to the young:
“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it”, Patti Smith says.
Interview by Christian Lund, the Louisiana Literature festival August 24, 2012, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Produced by Honey Biba Beckerlee and Kamilla Bruus.
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Meet more artists at channel.louisiana.dk
Louisiana Channel is a non-profit video channel for the Internet launched by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in November 2012. Each week Louisiana Channel will publish videos about and with artists in visual art, literature, architecture, design etc.
Read more: channel.louisiana.dk/about
Supported by Nordea-fonden.
Kathrine Switzer: First Woman to Enter the #BostonMarathon [#geekgirl]
[On this day of lingering sadness regarding the Boston Marathon Bombings (and not forgetting the devastation that's currently unfolding in Waco, Texas), take in the positives of the above video of ballsy Kathrine Switzer: the first ever woman to complete the Boston-based race.]