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COUNTER-GUGGENHEIM! CALLING FOR A MAYDAY ATTACK! Print
Written by DAMTP   

Instead of ceasing the arrogant exploitation of migrant workers on Saadiyat Island – the location of the new museum – the Abu Dhabi branch of Guggenheim museum is producing new means for further psychic colonization of millions around the globe.

Guggenheims started a poseur campaign for the release of single Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei. He got into troubles with local authorities due to some conceptual simulations which are commonly overestimated by the art world bubble, and this in fact only raises their investments into the commodities of contemporary art. Why are they not interested in thousands of exploited Chinese workers in the factories of Foxconn Corporation?

Why, when contemporary art industries and their outbrained apologist called artists are sitting behind their computers (Apple is Foxconn’s client) produced by hundreds of dead Chinese workers and do not support the killed ones like:

Rao Leqin
Lu Xin
Liu Bing
Sun Danyong
Ma Xiangqian
Tian Yu
Liu Zhijun

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ATTACK GUGGENHEIM! Print
Written by DAMTP   

We at DAMTP are supporting the boycott of Guggenheim reasoned on arguments of “group of leading artists, curators, writers, and others” and therefore demand for immediate quit with inhuman exploitation of workers on Saadiyat Island, the location of the new museum – the Abu Dhabi branch of Guggenheim museum. However we have no need for leading artists, curators or any others. We have no need to be lead by anyone except the workers themselves who are being exploited and are not yet organized enough to resist their own exploitation. Both the “leading artists” and the Guggenheim have pointedly ignored the mention of the union busting activities of the companies including the Louvre and the Guggenheim who are involved in the so-called Jazeera al-Saadiyat (Island of Hapiness).

 

The ruling Capitalist class has begun a new front in its colonization of Africa and a feature of this is the racist dividing of Africa into Arab and African nations. For us the artists lobbying the Guggenheim are - consciously or not - just another part of this colonization in its psychic form. The capitalist Guggenheim royal family was instrumental in the suppression and realization of Nazism in 1937 when they established the Foundation in 1937 to coincide with the famous “Degenerated Art” campaign by Nazis. This plan came to fruition with the establishment of Israel. The Guggenheim family have historically profited from war through their copper and metal mining empire – and now their insidious data mining and psychic production empire (as evidenced in their stated aims of “critical shifts in social practice” in their response to the artists boycott which effectively states that Human Rights Watch are lying) which we as workers must destroy by any means necessary. Workers who are being massacred by the Libyan rebels with the aid of NATO are no less the victim of these ruthless capitalists than those being directly exploited to build the Guggenheim museum in Abu Dhabi. Art can be situated as one pole in a trialectics between Labour and War.

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WHAT IS DAMTP AND WHAT IT’S NOT Print
Written by DAMTP   

[shortened discussion what followed the announcement placed bellow]

 

TWENTY ELEVEN IS THE SEASON FOR TREASON
ABOLISH ALL MONARCHIES FROM ENGLAND TO SWAZILAND
INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAN REVOLUTION NOW
WE HEREBY DECLARE IF THE MONARCHY IS NOT ABOLISHED BY EASTER WE WILL GO ON PERMANENT GENERAL STRIKE
WE WILL ONLY RE-ENTER WORK PLACES IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH WORKERS COUNCILS THE AIM OF WHICH WILL BE TO TAKE CONTROL OF PRODUCTION DISTRIBUTION AND CONSUMPTION AWAY FROM THE RULING BOSS CLASS

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MARXCHISMS: WHO IS A WORKER? Print
Written by DAMTP   

[DAMTP intro-discussion raised on February/March, 2011]

 

Dear co-rades [Bakuninist],

- which sounds almost revolutionary Spanish -
as to  "worker" - I have some essential objection against overuse of the word - because its original meaning is a person heavy working in the factory - as such this profession is disappearing - you might say that Czech or Europe is not the whole world - but it shows the tendency ...- so any other use of the word is more a metaphor - when we say i.e. cultural worker - its mere mockery - even when we say cultural laborer - its not much better, maybe homo faber - but its taking us somewhere totally different + loosing any social tension. Very similar the word class - it exists only when backed with the self-identification of the large group of people - which is also a question if it exists in these days...

On the edge of becoming homo voyeur (with closed eyes)

 

Comrades [Marxist]

The removal of the basic word what makes sense to identify self in the context of class - that subverts the whole subject of strike... It is not about the worker who hides identity, but the one, who takes it over and strikes it forever.
Soviet-communist-capitalist state identification of the worker is unacceptable because their concept simply lead towards workers’ bourgeoisification.

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LOVE YOUR ENEMIES - SHOUT IT FROM THE HILLS..... Print
Written by Anjuman Matan Kahneek Aur Amali Karkan (AMKAAK)   

 

مُبارک ہو تُم جو اَب بھُوکے ہو کیونکہ آسُودہ ہوگے۔

 مُبارک ہو تُم جو اَب روتے ہو کیونکہ ہنسوں گے۔

 جب بنِی آدم کے سبب سے لوگ تُم سے عداوت رکھّیں گے اور تُمہیں خارِج کردیں گے اور لعن طعن کریں گے اور تُمہارا نام بُرا جان کر کاٹ دیں گے تو تُم مُبارک ہو گے۔

 اُس دِن خُوش ہونا اور خُوشی کے مارے اُچھلنا۔ اِسی لِئے کہ دیکھو آسمان پر تُمہارا اجر بڑا ہے کیونکہ اُن کے باپ دادا نبیوں کے ساتھ بھی اَیسا ہی کِیا کرتے تھے۔

 مگر افسوس تُم پر جو دولتمند ہو کیونکہ تُم اپنی تسلّی پاچکے۔

 افسوس تُم پر جو اب سیر ہو کیونکہ بھُوکے ہوگے۔

 افسوس تُم پر جو اب ہنستے ہو کیونکہ ماتم کرو گے اور روؤ گے۔

 افسوس تُم پر جب سب لوگ تُمہیں بھلا کہیں کیونکہ اُن کے باپ دادا جھُوٹے نبیوں کے ساتھ بھی اَیسا ہی کِیا کرتے تھے۔

 لیکِن مَیں تُم سُننے والوں سے کہتا ہُوں کہ اپنے دُشمنوں سے مُحبت رکھّو۔ جو تُم سے عداوت رکھّے اُن کا بھلا کرو۔

 جو تُم پر لعنت کرے اُن کے لِئے برکت چاہو۔ جو تُمہاری تحقِیر کریں اُن کے لِئے دُعا کرو۔

 جو تیرے ایک گال پر طمانچہ مارے دُوسرا بھی اُس کی طرف پھیر دے اور جو تیرا چوغہ لے اُس کو کُرتا لینے سے بھی منع نہ کر

  

Congratulations because you're hungry now shall comfortable.

  Congratulations, you who cry will laugh.

  When Adam because people will keep you resist and you will delete your name lan will attack bad cut, then you know will be blessed.

  Be happy that day and jump mockingly. That's your reward in heaven that looks as great prophets with their fathers used to do the same.

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COMMUNIQUÉ #3: TOWARDS THE GENERAL STRIKE 2012 [Marxist and Bakuninist versions available] Print
Written by DAMTP   

 

[The Marxist version]

Dear comrades,

Against the Freemasons of the Future and the Quantum Time Bomb 2012 like a prophet in reverse, I am Karen Karnak. I was never born like Luther Blissett never died - like the original Isou/ IZU ie Hazrat ISA Jesus the Christ, the black man that the Romans recuperated - the Europe made WHITE like the whitewash of the planet - s/he simply morphed - the individual does not exist - neither does the dividual or multiple. We are not. And we can never attack our fellow workers - only the corrupt ideologies that hold them and us down.

There is no Arab or African or European revolutionary uprising. ONLY PROLETARIANISM

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HOW TO PROTEST INTELIGENTLY - EGYPTIAN ACTIVISTS' ACTION PLAN Print
Written by DAMTP   

 

Egyptian activists have been circulating a kind of primer to Friday's planned protest. What follows are side-by-side translations of nine pages from the 26-page pamphlet. They presented to give you an idea of what's in the protest plan. While the plan itself contains specifics about what protesters might do, these excerpts show how one might equip oneself for clashes with riot police. Egyptian security forces have repeatedly beaten protesters as the level of violent repression of demonstrations has ratcheted upwards. For more context on the pamphlet itself, the Guardian UK ran a summary of it. Re-published from www.theatlantic.com

As you'll read, the creators of the pamphlet explicitly asked that the pamphlet not be distributed on Twitter or Facebook, only through email or other contacts. We're re-publishing this piece of ephemera because we think it's a fascinating part of the historical record of what may end up becoming a very historic day for Egypt and what a real proletarian culture , humor and creativity is all about.

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FAREWELL DON LACOSS. JANUARY 31ST, 2011 Print
Written by DAMTP   

Don LaCoss, radical scholar and writer, and member of the International Surrealist Movement, died on January 31st at age 46. He had been terribly sick for several months with a relentless respiratory illness. Don was editing the, as of yet unfinished, next edition of 'Fifth Estate' and was literally at work on it the night of his death.

Below is a very short appreciation of him by his friend in the Surrealist movement, Ron Sakolsky:

"One of Don's last research projects was on the history of Egyptian surrealism, so it is fitting that his death was poetically heralded by a popular insurrection in the streets of Cairo. As the founding manifesto of the 1973 Arab Surrealist Movement in Exile exclaimed as if in anticipation of the possibilities opened up by recent events in Tunisia and Egypt:

'We call upon individuals and the masses to unleash their instincts against all forms of repression, including the repressive ' reason ' of the bourgeois order. We poison the intellectual atmosphere with the elixir of the imagination, so that the poet will realize himself in realizing the historical transformation of poetry. We liberate language from the prisons and stock markets of capitalist confusion. '

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REPORT ON ARKA‘S TUNISIAN MISSION Print
Written by ARKA   


ARKA InterActions Sardinia and other international associations which has just returned from Tunisia found that security forces used disproportionate force to disperse protesters and in some cases fired on fleeing protesters and bystanders using lethal methods: in Tunis and other cities some protesters were killed by single shots to the chest or head (from behind too), suggesting deliberate intent to kill.


Witnesses told us that some of those killed could not have possibly posed a threat to the lives of security forces. Other victims were not involved in the protests at all.


Our collaborators also found evidence that many of those arrested in connection to the unrest were tortured or otherwise ill-treated in custody. Detainees were beaten with batons or kicked, while others were forced to kneel facing walls for hours.

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COMMUNIQUÉ #2: AGAINST FREEDOM OF SPEECH Print
Written by Anjuman Matan Kahneek Aur Amali Karkan (AMKAAK)   

In today’s economy, self-service, bribery, corruption (rishwa) and acquiescence (Xenophobia or nepotism) have taken over and no-one in a bullish or bearish pattern does anything for free....what then is free about your “free” market? Socially, rape and masturbation remains the dominant form of expression in both marriage and prostitution .... what then is free in your “free” society? Politically, war upon war is faced by the poor....what then is free in your “free” world?

Human rights were only created to protect fascists in Europe. We however support the "NO PLATFORM" position - We will deny fascists expression - NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR FASCISTS - and we extend this - NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR THE BOURGEOISIE – therefore we are about suppression our own speech so far it is found BOURGEOISIEFIED.

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BERLUSCONI’S LACKEYS WANT TO BAN OUR BOOKS. THEY STARTED FROM VENICE. LET’S FIGHT BACK! Print
Written by Wu Ming Foundation   

 

English translation of the "call to arms" we issued yesterday [on January 16th, 2011]. We asked readers to fight back, and fighting they are! All the suggestions we gave at the end of this article are being enthusiastically put into practice, improved and shared by multitudes of people who are horrified by what is taking place in the Venice area. Publishers are making statements and releasing communiqués, the national media are starting to cover the affair; the National Association of Librarians (AIB) has strongly condemned the proposal and invited readers to counter any attempt at censoring and banning books. However, this isn't enough yet. We need people abroad to be aware of what's going on, there's stench of nazi book burnings in Italy, and the case of fugitive "ex-terrorist" Cesare Battisti (now in Brazil) is nothing more than an excuse for repression. The period of a regime's decline may be very long, and it's the most dangerous period, as the lackeys get more and more desperate and resort to all kinds of senseless acts in order to keep their grip on society.

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COMMUNIQUÉ #1: AGAINST BLASPHEMY LAW Print
Written by Anjuman Matan Kahneek Aur Amali Karkan (AMKAAK)   


ہم چوکسی کا اعلان اس طرح سے
کفر خلاف قانون
تمام سزائے موت کے خلاف
تقریر کی ازادی کے خلاف
عیسائی اور مسلمان قوم کے تمام فاشسٹ دفعہ کے خلاف

"اگر آپ کو کوئی شک کے بارے میں، جو ہم نے اپنے بندے پر نازل کیا وہ شخص کی پیداوار



ہے
ان کی طرح (عظیم) سورت خدا کے خلاف اور اپنے ہی گواہوں کو پکارو، اگر تم سچے ہو.
"
قرآن [2:23

وہ لوگ جو چاہتے ہیں احادیث کی بنیاد پر شریعت لاگو کرنے کے لئے جا پس بیشک تو خود
گناہ کی وجہ سے
کفر -- حدیث اور قرآن بھی اسی طرح بنا کر، انہوں نے نبی بنا رہے ہیں
محمد خدا کا درجہ

جن لوگوں نے کے بارے میں شرک قوانین ضرور واقع مشق بنا کر شرک ہیں
خدا کی سطح پر خود کو. سوا کسی سے نہیں خدا خدا کے نبیوں اور سکتا بنانے کے ایسے
آیتوں کو


WE HEREBY ANNOUNCE THE VIGIL
AGAINST BLASPHEMY LAW
AGAINST ALL CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
AGAINST FREEDOM OF SPEECH
AGAINST ALL FASCIST CURRENTS OF CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM NATIONALISTS
 
"If you have any doubt regarding what we revealed to our servant, then produce one sura like these, and call upon your own witnesses against  God, if you are truthful."

The Quran [2:23]
 
THOSE WHO WISH TO IMPLEMENT SHARIAH BASED ON HADITHS ARE INDEED THEMSELVES
GUILTY OF
BLASPHEMY - BY EQUATING THE HADITH WITH THE QURAN THEY ARE ELEVATING THE PROPHET
MUHAMMAD TO THE STATUS OF GOD
 
THOSE WHO PASS FATWAHS REGARDING SHIRK ARE INDEED PRACTICING SHIRK BY ELEVATING
THEMSELVES TO THE LEVEL OF GOD. NONE BUT GOD CAN AND PROPHETS OF GOD CAN MAKE
SUCH
REVELATIONS

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ARKA TO TUNISIA Print
Written by Massimo Zanasi   
Friday, 14 January 2011 18:52

Dear Artists & Curators,


ARKA PerfoSardinia is organizing an urgent peaceful expedition to Tunis (Tunisia) to support and to witness with artistical and cultural elements our Tunisian brothers & sisters in their struggles for bread and life in Maghreb area.


With the help of other international associations, ARKA is equipping a boat from Cagliari port (south Sardinia) to Bizerte port of Tunisia.

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VOL 42,#8 Print
Written by Ben Morea   

 CIVIL-EYES

 

Is civility in the face of injustice

desireable ?

OR          rather

Justice          (itself)  the true desire

Of

CIVILITY.

 

http://e-blast.squarespace.com/

 

 
SUPPORT SKOMANTAS PAKALKA! Print
Written by DAMTP   

Skomantas Pakalka (born 1991) has participated in 16/01/2009 protest in Vilnius, Lithuania where every citizen could freely express their opinion and dissatisfaction with the existing government. The next morning a peaceful teenager was arrested at his parents’ home and accused of rioting as well as organizing the protest.The blame is put on S.Pakalka to show the power of the government and instil fear in society

06 January, at 10am, Westminster magistrates was hearing a case on his extradition to Lithuania, where he might receive a prison sentence of up to 6 years. If youths are the future why shut them in prisons?!

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PROLETRIANISE THE SITUATION! Print
Written by DAMTP   

This communication is part of the Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts on 15th December 2010 called by autonomous benefit claimant groups. We have decided to take up their idea of National Troll a Tory Day and Internationalise it by combining it into our current Dead Workers


Union Cyber Vigil under way against the monarchies of Swaziland and England as well as the multinationals Foxconn and G4S until this iNcwala.

We are particularly eager to support the action against welfare and housing cuts in the UK because, like Workers Dreadnought in their Constitution for British soviets, we see the basic unit of workers organisation as the household soviet lead by women. The original labour is the labour of birth and this is the basis of the labour movement. To paraphrase both Black Mask and Yoko Ono, Woman as Class – and so beyond any Proletarian Nation such as the Muslim National Communism of Sultan Galiev, we must assert that the idea of a British Soviet is a contradiction in terms. - we do not need any Proletarian nation – the proletariat has no nation, and never did. National Liberation Struggle must be seen in relation to class and situation – i.e. a national consciousness is superseded by a class consciousness – and we are becoming conscious of ourself as the revolutionary class – the gravediggers of this society – the Proletariat.

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ANNOUNCEMENT Print
Written by DAMTP   

 

Dear comrades,

Our alliance of Alytus art strike biennial action committee and DAMTP’s are inviting you to join us at the world congress we are planning to hold in Alytus on 22nd -28th August, 2011. Our aim is to gather world wide radical antiautoritaric post-neoist-out of Dadaists, surrealists or offsprings of fluxus and situationists, post artists (those who ceased their participation in capitalist spectacle), prophets, sages and seers, cultural, political and social workers, dead and alive – everybody who are active in the field of space, time and meaning under the umbrella of DAta Miners and Travailleurs Psychique to discuss, share and spread around our experiences and good will to destroy bourgeois culture and outlive capitalist specializations. So far we found art strike biennial very relevant form to abolish imperialist format of cultural biennial format, also to liberate some funds from them on that occasion and that was very pleasant form to outlive the death of art (and serious culture) in a place were it never was settled (yet).

So,

-          we are inviting everybody who ceased playing the role of artists, or are planning to do it soon – and we expect for not doing arts during the festival, but sharing your artistic experience and fantasies in more useful activities we’ll decide right at place

-          we are inviting theoreticians not to give the lectures and clever advices, neither addressing big names, but rather to look for latent possibilities not hidden under the shiny professionalism

-          we are inviting activists who instead of addressing global capitalist problems would face the misery of everyday life what is actual cause for it.

-          we are inviting everybody to set up the radical consequences of global capitalist cultural colonialism and to look forward for common acts in all levels of space, time and meaning.

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BOOK BLOCK [RELOADED] Print
Written by DAMTP   

 

 

Following up through the gradual theoretization and academization of the experiences of the events of May 1968, what took a shape also in deleuzian version, we consider that this is probably the best way to employ this kind of theories back into praxis. Especially keeping in mind deleuzian bergsonianism to spatialize time dimension, what creates nothing else but the aesthetized forse lines under the example of fascists/futurists. Or in deleuzian terms  -  the event of the "bodies without organs", or the spectacle.

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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT CHEUN CHEN Print
Written by Non Grata   

[due to the NON GRATA (Anonymous Boh, Devilgirl, Moggelitoo / Dionysos Monroe) performance at Invisible Cottage, Flagstaff, Arizona]

 

We have come a long way to be here today…

I am not talking about our 2500 mile drive from Miami…

I am talking about our journey, all of our journey to be free

Free free free

Free of the constraints put upon our souls that would strive to suffocate our spirits and enchain us to the machine of standardized production and standardized choices for our spirits.

Let me tell you about Cheun Chen, a Chinese artist who sold his house and used the money to create the biggest festival of performance art in the world which took place in China in 2009. Cheun Chen is true to his journey. He now lives homeless, often eating out of trash cans, or eating nothing but noodles, traveling the world as a prophet of the creative dream, on a quest for the truth of the creative space that we all share.

If you die without The Church of Non Grata you will go to hell- the hell of not living with the true light of freedom that is inside every one of us.

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UNI IS DEAD, BABY, LONG LIVE THE SELF – EDUCATION! Print
Written by Andriucha   

 

 

Along the lines of UK student movement against Higher Education Cuts (University College Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Arts is in Cornwall, UK, and is facing a complete cut of public funding in the near future (one among the many Universities/Colleges teaching Humanities). All the main action is obviously in the bigger cities east from Cornwall. There has been recent occupations of University buildings, Headquarters of the Conservative Party and, even, banks. The last one is particularly interesting - University of Strategic Optimism http://videos.wittysparks.com/id/2454018622

 

The illusion of higher education institutions being some kind of autonomous venues for free and critical enquiry is contemptible. So often exploitation is recognized in the actions of state and private capitalists, but authoritarian relationships & ideological propaganda at educational institutions are regarded as freedom, which (sadly) becomes more and more commercialised. We have no illusion: Dartington ‘died’ way before moving to Falmouth – the landowners could not sustain this dream neither financially nor ideologically. The ruling class doesn’t need a generation of critical and creative thinkers, such generation would not need any ruler.

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DAMTP SUPPORT FOI NIGERIA Print
Written by DAMTP   

 

Two of us attended Chinua Achebe's lecture at Cambridge University on Friday 19th November 2010. Ironically, a Nigerian fellow worker who was going to join us could not get a babysitter so couldn't make it. The auditorium was so full that we had to watch a video link in the lecture theatre next door.

Chinua Achebe entered to a standing ovation. We thought this excessive but not surprising given his status in Academia. He apologised at the start of the talk in advance, for any offence he was about to cause and spoke for an hour about Nigeria, the road from colony to independence and towards democracy and was mainly addressing I think, the Nigerian elite present.

There was however much to interest us. He spoke of prophesy and of the Society of Nigerian Artists who he was a member of during the colonised era - and he explained that he saw SONA as - in his own words - a sort of trade union set up by the artists to protect themselves in the revolutionary period.

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