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Written by Osama bin Laden   

Dear comrades,

Thank you for your recent proposals - I am very interested in leaving my role as a reactionary leader and joining the DAMTP time traveling strike organizing team. In fact I have already suggested some temporal vertices in my grimoire The End Of The Age Of Divinity (On The Death Of Isidore Isou).

Since Art as a category begins around the time of the Industrial Revolution we could mark the first Art Strike as occurring at this time (the autumn equinox - chiseling phase - of the age of divinity). However Comrade Karen Karnak has informed me that in the 12th century B.C., on the 21st day of the second month in the 29th year of the reign of the pharaoh Ramses III, workmen in the town of Deir el-Medina conducted a wildcat strike -- the first recorded labor action in history. These were no ordinary men; they were hereditary craftsmen who worked on the tombs of the pharaohs, the vast complexes that to this day draw visitors from all over the world to the Valley of the Kings and this is probably a better vertex for the first Art Strike.

 

 

With regards to the navigation of meaning and semantic space using the construction of new words and reorientation of old words I have also looked at  Decolonizing the Mind by Ngugi wa Thiong'o as well as The Mathematical Praeface to Elements of Geometry of Euclid of Megara, by John Dee. I would suggest that instead of using the (C) logo we should use a slightly less offensive one (E.g. a swastika) or perhaps the opposite, i.e. Copyleft which, because it is unavailable on Unicode, it can be approximate with character U+2184 ↄ latin small letter reversed c between parenthesis (ↄ) or, if supported by the application, by combining it with the character U+20DD ⃝​ combining enclosing circle ↄ. Even better we could make our own DAMTP logo...

OK well that’s all for now - better go back underground,

Peace out,
Osama Bin Laden