Author: widge

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« Le doigt d’vote » is 3rd Banner in MTL series

When elections are the only participatory element of a democratic process, an appropriate response could be “fuck their democracy”. I am my own authority. This third banner in La brigada MTL series after Resistimos and “Trump L’oeuil” gives the finger to democracy. The play on words is brilliant in French. Drop an ‘r’, add a ‘g’ and keep the sound while inversing the meaning. Unfortunately it is lost in translation to English. The slogan of the 8′ wide X 12′ high banner: « Au moins il nous reste le doigt d’vote » is a direct resampling of a patch made...

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«Police Politique» Installation part of Montréal Art+Anarchy Exhibit

« Fraternité contre la police politique » installation / portraits photos / vidéo / artéfacts 1-29 mai 2017 ART+ANARCHY group exhibit avec/with: Mary Lou Freel, Freda Guttman, Eva-Loan, Claude Périard, Ponk, Seth Tobocman, Gaia Tomasello & Cinzia Petrucci, Jeannette Tossounian, Tournesol Plante, Benoît Tremblay + David Widgington Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier 2450, Rue Workman, Montréal, Québec, H3J 1L8 VERNISSAGE : vendredi / friday 5 mai / May, 5 à 8 = The Montréal police violently repress demonstrations against austerity (among others) while simultaneously opposing the negative effects of austerity on their own pension fund. In doing so, the Fraternité des policiers...

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Encore 5 jours pour s’immerser dans la rupture avec Fraction

FRACTION [installation cinématographique] le groupe Épopée La Cinémathèque québécoise jusqu’au 30 octobre 2016 gratuit Description de l’installation : [dropcap]L[/dropcap]e groupe Épopée présente Fraction. Cette installation est composée de plusieurs films présentés simultanément sur trois écrans : Rupture, Insurgence et Contrepoint. L’installation est dédiée à Hugo Le Bleu Tadros. Rupture receuille la parole d’une trentaine de militantes et militants aillant participé activement aux grèves étudiantes de 2012 et de 2015. Ce film se penche sur la rupture causée par la répression policière et la réaction des pouvoirs politiques et médiatiques à la grève. Plusieurs lignes le traversent : Le sense de...

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Coco Guzman’s The Demonstration installation reveals vulnerability of protest movements

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n their website, Coco Guzman begins the description of The Demonstration by quoting historian Eric Hobsbawm who writes that “next to sex, the activity combining bodily experience and intense emotion to the highest degree is the participation in a mass demonstration.” [pullquote-right]“Next to sex, the activity combining bodily experience and intense emotion to the highest degree is the participation in a mass demonstration.”[/pullquote-right]Like with sex, the participation on the front line of a demonstration, in an act of civil disobedience, or in any form of oppositional performance where you put your body on the line, the spectrum of experienced emotions...

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La Casa Central de l’Universidad de Chile à Santiago “en toma”

Le 15 juillet 2016, je suis allé à la Casa Central de l’Universidad de Chile, située sur le boulevard principale de Santiago à quelques rue de La Moneda. L’édifice était sous occupation (“en toma”) des étudiant.e.s et sa bouillonnait d’activité. Voici des photos : On July 15, 2016, I went to the Casa Central of Universidad de Chile, located on Santiago’s main boulevard just a few blocks from La Moneda. The building was under student occupation (“en toma”) and it was fervent with activity. Here are some photos:

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Une gallerie d’affiches sous un viaduc – An poster gallery beneath an overpass

In Montréal, there is an autonomous gallery of posters, grafitti & tags on Parc Avenue north of Van Horne. Head north on sidewalk under the overpass of the east side. There are posters by #vivasnosqueremos, one by the Howl Arts Festival, a poster to liberate nearby Parc des Gorilles, one announcing Pervers/Cité, a nihilistic poster for the future, another against pipelines in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en people, and others. — À Montréal, il y a une gallerie autonome d’affiches, grafitti et tags sur avenue du Parc au nord de la rue Van Horne. Dirigez-vous vers le nord sur le trottoir...

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Student protest in Santiago de Chile draws big crowd

On Thursday August 4, 2016, Chilean student movements called for a national protest against education reform (la Ley de Inclusión) that students — and others — argue that the reform does not go far enough towards dismantling the market-based and socio-economically segregated education system, a legacy of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990). According to a 2015 article: Students say the reforms don’t go far enough, and may fall short even in meeting their stated objective. They point to loopholes that will allow “flagship” schools to maintain selective admissions for up to 30% of their enrollment. Non-profit schools can also retain transitional...

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Resistimos : solidarity banner given to student movement in Chile

RESISTIMOS is an in situ banner-making performance I did in Santiago de Chile in July 2016 to express my solidarity with the Chilean student movement. It was scheduled within the Resistance in Urban Peripheries, Street Art-Action segment of Encuentro: eX-céntrico: dissidence, sovereignties, performance. I was one of seven consecutive performances that lead spectators through the streets of La Población La Victoria, Chile’s first urban land occupation to create an alternative neighbourhood that actively resisted the dictatorship. It will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017. Thanks to Ana María Saavedra – Luis Alarcón of Galería Metropolitana who organized the ruta. The...