For those of you who dont know, SXSW Interactive is a once a year event held in beautiful Austin, Texas where some of the world’s most well-known, male, web 2.0 Twitterati get together, talk to the prettiest girl they have ever met for 15 minutes, ride a mechanical bull and then throw up in the lobby of their hotel. Females in the IT industry also attend and contribute.
GRL was invited to give “the best keynote of SXSW” (so that’s what we did). Unfortunately, My partner Evan could not attend because he likes to eat food and sleep indoors (pussy). If you also could not attend, you can still watch video documentation of the Keynote below.
Another video on Youtube of the Keynote presentation that includes the part of the talk (edited from the official SXSW documentation) where i mention Evan didnt come because SXSW doesnt pay their contributors. In the end we are all tricksters to some degree, aren’t we.
I know I’m not going to make any friends among the land-locked flocks in the Obaaaaahmanation, but from this perch in Berlin, orbiting the U.S.A. (third rock from the Sun), one of Obama’s inaugural notable quotables has raised my warning flag:
“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect…
…To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
Hm? Vielleicht? I’m sorry ya’ll, but i don’t care how competent a high-five our current Commander-in-Chief can administer, I think this comment, specifically the last line, is lame in *at least* two ways: 1) it completely defers responsibility for the current SNAFU in the middle east away from the U.S. (Why dont we remove those bases in Saudi Arabi, stop the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop funding the massacre of Palestinians by funneling billions into the Israeli military, stop meddling in other countries self-determination as we have done in Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine, etc… maybe that fist will just naturally open up a lil bit, eh?) and 2) it begins the era of brand new war on an wholly undeserving front: the war against Fists.
I, for one, love the symbolic power of the fist. I like mine served raised and clenched. But, I’m not the only one: The clenched fist has been a symbol of resistance and solidarity across a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic peeps and political organizations for generations, to name just a few:
The American Indian Movement,
And the Pro-Beard Lobby.
From the young,
To the old,
From the big,
To the small,
From the famous,
To the infamous,
To the rest of us.
If you look for people who have fought for…
and chased their dreams of freedom and liberty in the face of resistance,
You will always find a Raised Fist.
So this one is for you Barack…
… A toast to fists: Raise em if you got em!
He would if he could…
Take a flick (under 1MB please) of you and your favorite fist, clenched and raised, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ill upload them here.
“First they came for the fists… and by the time they came for me,
there were no more fists to raise up…”
Radio F.A.T. Europe signing off…
The United States of America is going out of business! :( But here at the U.S. Department of Homeland Graffiti, we want to turn this moment of national embarrassment and hard times into real savings for you and your family. :) From June 4th through the 28th, the U.S.D.H.G and the Graffiti Research Lab are liquidating all confiscated, high-tech graffiti artifacts and tools, expunged evidence, court exhibits, redacted documents and office furnishings, priced to sell. So grab a handful of Euros or Mao Bucks (U.S. currency still accepted while supplies last) and head on down to Gallery Anno Domini located between U.S. Routes 101 and 280 in Silicon Valley, California. Don’t miss out on these sub-prime deals,because just like our empire, bargains like this won’t last forever! Offer void in Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and North Dakota. Local sales tax and service charges may apply bitches.
Artist’s Reception: First Friday, June 6th, 2008
8 p.m. ’til late • free and open to the public
Exhibition runs from June 4th – June 28th
2-layer U.S.D.H.G. Shield Prints
Homeland Security Advisory Canvas
U.S.D.H.G. Control Shield
More SALE items here on fuckflickr.
GRL: The Complete First Season screens this Sunday, May 4th @ 8PM at the MoMA. After the flick, talk with artists featured in the film, including Mark Jenkins, Leon Reid, Steve Lambert, the GRL and special guests + party to the music of Javelin. BYOPS! (Bring your own purple stuff).
Get your tickets here!
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