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Virtual Sit-In in Solidarity with the Striking Students of France!

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//please forward widely//

Virtual Sit-In in Solidarity with the Striking Students of France!
March 16th to the 18th, 2006

We invite people from all over the world who support the french students in resistance and oppose the precaritization of life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precarity to join the Electronic Disturbance Theatre and borderlands Hacklab on March 16th and 17th, 2006 to engage in a virtual sit-in on french government websites to demand


Bill Dolson's "Rift" at Eyebeam

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Rift
Rift - an installation by Bill Dolson

Mar. 7-21, dusk to 10pm
 
Reception Thursday March 16th from 6-8pm
Eyebeam
540 W. 21st Street (between 10th & 11th Aves) NYC


Christoph Spehr Screening

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Friday, March 10 at 8 pm
The Thing Swing Space
125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor
New York, NY
(two blocks south of Fulton between Water and Pearl. Subway: 6 to Brooklyn Bridge, City Hall; A,C,J,M,Z and 2,3,4,5 to Fulton, Broadway, Nassau)

On Rules and Monsters
Free Cooperation: Political Theory for Godzilla & Co.

Video Screening and Discussion (with Christoph Spehr in person!)
Introduction: Trebor Scholz

Why the hell does every monster want to go to Tokyo and stamp on it? Why do we feel sorry if the monster gets shot at the end? Why does it always return? These and other questions that are highly relevant to every first grade or post-doc monster are dealt with in the video “On Rules and Monsters - An Introduction to Free Cooperation”. German political theorist, cultural critic and video maker Christoph Spehr presents his video, with Tony Conrad and Stephanie Rothenberg starring as speakers and appearances by Godzilla, Gwangi, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and many more, along with his new video “Hold On, Wilson - Of Islands and Utopia”.

Free Entrance, bring a photo ID

Presented by THE THING in collaboration with the Institute for
Distributed Creativity.

THE THING Swing Space is generously provided by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Time Equities Inc.

http://distributedcreativity.org


Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, "Directed Dreaming"

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McCoy 2006
 

March 4 - April 8, 2006
 JENNIFER and KEVIN McCOY
"Directed Dreaming"

Postmasters Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Directed Dreaming, the third New York solo exhibition of Jennifer and Kevin McCoy. The show will open on March 4 and will be on view until April 8, 2006.  The reception is planned for Saturday, March 4, between 6 and 8pm.

In Directed Dreaming, the McCoys present four new sculptures that use movement to explore anxiety. The title of the exhibit refers to practice of willing oneself to dream about specific situations in order to resolve conflicts in one's waking life. The works in Directed Dreaming fuse cinematic, personal, and historical images to become visual records of those conflicts, with the question of resolution left open to the viewer.

The McCoys'  sculptures are fragmentary miniature film sets with lights, video cameras, and moving sculptural elements. Camera views are sequenced to create live cinematic events. By exposing the image making apparatus along with the projected results, the work explores both time-based and physical reality.

 


Phone Jam to Shut Down the Minutemen - February 25, 2005

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Phone Jam to Shut Down the Minutemen Recruiting Drive in Philadelphia!

Call the Valley Forge Convention Center and demand that this meeting be canceled: 610-354-8212 and 610-354-8213. Also, please call GF Management. they help to manage the Valley Forge Convention Center: 215-972-2222 and express your displeasure!

The Minutemen Project, a Conservative anti-immigration group with
 strong links to, and overlapping membership with, violent white
 supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations has announced plans to hold a recruitment meeting in Valley Forge, PA on Saturday, February 25, 2005.


Keith Sanborn on the Films of Guy Debord from Artforum

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Society of the Spectacle
 THE THING board member Keith Sanborn on The Films of Guy Debord from the February 2006 ARTFORUM:

RETURN OF THE SUPRESSED
Keith Sanborn

"GUY DEBORD MADE VERY LITTLE ART, but he made it extreme," says Debord of himself in his final work, Guy Debord, son art et son temps (Guy Debord: His Art and His Time, 1995), an "anti-televisual" testament authored by Debord and realized by Brigitte Cornand. And there is no reason to doubt either aspect of this judgment. While Debord has been known in the English-speaking world since the 1970s as a key figure in the Situationist International and as a revolutionary theorist, it is only in the past decade that his work as a filmmaker has surfaced outside France. One reason is that, in 1984, following the assassination of Debord's friend and patron Gérard Lebovici and the libelous treatment of both men in the French press, Debord withdrew his films from circulation. Though the films were not widely seen even in France, four of them—by the time they were withdrawn—had been playing continually and exclusively for the previous six months at the Studio Cujas in Paris, a theater financed for this purpose by Lebovici.


He Found Me On Craigslist

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This is what happens if you leave THE THING, we send "Dino" after you. --murph

Brian

Brian Boucher, with a mug shot of Dino Loren Smith, in the West 186th Street building where they shared a one-bedroom apartment. (Photo: Christopher Anderson)

Seeking roommate for one-bedroom in Washington Heights. It’s a bit small for two but I have to catch up on some bills. Two friendly cats, but we keep clean because I’m a little allergic myself. A little more than half of the $950 rent gets you the privacy of the bedroom.


Urgent Appeal To Save Iraq's Teachers

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A little known aspect of the tragedy engulfing Iraq is the systematic liquidation of the country's academics.  Even according to conservative estimates, over 250 educators have been assassinated, and many hundreds more have disappeared. With thousands fleeing the country in fear for their lives, not only is Iraq undergoing a major brain drain, the secular middle class - which has refused to be co-opted by the US occupation - is being decimated, with far-reaching consequences for the future of Iraq.

Already on July 14, 2004, veteran correspondent Robert Fisk reported from Iraq that: "University staff suspect that there is a campaign to strip Iraq of its academics, to complete the destruction of Iraq's cultural identity which began when the American army entered Baghdad."

The wave of assassinations appears non-partisan and non-sectarian, targeting women as well as men, and is countrywide. It is indiscriminate of expertise: professors of geography, history and Arabic literature as well as science are among the dead.  Not one individual has been apprehended in connection with these assassinations.
According to the United Nations University, some 84 per cent of Iraq's institutions of higher education have already been burnt, looted or destroyed. Iraq's educational system used to be among the best in the region; one of the country's most important assets was its well-educated people.

This situation is a mirror of the occupation as a whole: a catastrophe of staggering proportions unfolding in a climate of criminal disregard. As an occupying power, and under international humanitarian law, final responsibility for protecting Iraqi citizens, including academics, lies with the United States.

With this petition we want to break the silence.
1. We appeal to organisations which work to enforce or defend international humanitarian law to put these crimes on the agenda. 

2. We request that an independent international investigation be launched immediately to probe these extrajudicial killings. This investigation should also examine the issue of responsibility to clearly identify who is accountable for this state of affairs. We appeal to the special rapporteur on summary executions at UNHCHR in Geneva.
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You can sign this petition by clicking:
 
This petition was launched by the BRussells Tribunal and is already endorsed by CEOSI (Spain), the Portuguese hearing of the WTI, Iraktribunal.de (Germany), the Swedish Antiwar committee, the IAC (USA), the International Association of Middle East Studies (IAMES), the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) and the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES), and several personalities, like Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, John Pilger, Michael Parenti (see more complete list underneath).
See also the call for action underneath and more information on:


explodingtelevision.net

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 EXPLODING TELEVISION: TEA TIME TV Dates: Friday 27 January -  
 Wednesday 1 February 2006,

 Location: Witte de With/TENT., Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam  
 Admission: free

 Website: www.v2.nl  | www.explodingtelevision.net

 Live video stream available from http://www.v2.nl/live


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