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Since the NYC artzines haven’t followed up, below is the original manifesto left behind after the action by “9271977″. Also, here are follow-ups from Big Bend Now’s journalist John Daniel Garcia on the March 9th guerrilla action on the Prada Marfa store: March 11 http://bigbendnow.com/2014/03/9271977-makes-contact-with-sentinel-reporter/  ( March 13: http://bigbendnow.com/2014/03/guerilla-artist-stirs-it-up-with-prada-marfa-vandalism/ 

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9271977's guerrilla action at Prada Marfa

Bigger Than The Brand

March 9th 2014, 3:33AM Texas Time.

BIGS UPS Michael Elmgreen, Ingar Dragset, Art Production Fund, Ballroom Marfa and the “Art World” of 2005 for interest towards the lands of West Texas providing a temporary structure as a canvas for a much more suiting to 2014 exhibit. A true collaboration; or appropriation? Perhaps a symbol of decay? Thanks to the land donators for not posting keep out signs. Thanks to TXDOT for deeming Prada Marfa an illegal road side advertisement. This is dedicated to all art makers that inspire artwork to “get out” of the studio, and into the streets.

Spring has Sprung, One for one, Here comes the sun, Lets have some fun!

Nearly nine years since the inauguration of Prada Marfa, an investigative viewer can only assume the structure represents the reflection of a contemporary moment that catering to a society designed to respond to branding, consumption and money. Blended with narcissism and unethical hedonism, this is the society’s apocalyptic theater.

Imagine being an investigative explorer from the future stumbling upon the ruin known as Prada Marfa. Questioning the structure as a place of indigenous commerce pre-apocalypse; later becoming a place of nostalgia and shelter during a time of nomadic travel through the death and dust of a temporary Utopia resistant to reorientation, that would have sustained its future.

The irony of Prada Marfa, it’s fake. Prada Marfa has no representation of Texas and Southwest North America. Prada Marfa is a relic of a Bourgeois not so distant past; serving today’s hyper reality as a blank canvas. Out with the old, in with what’s next.

Today – hipster travelers – the Adams & Eves of now in their hybrids search for the meaning of life, discovery of the unknown and mysterious! Answers to what is art, they GPS their way through the great social check points, updating Facebook and twitter.

Prada Marfa in its past existence served its purpose; but today in 2014 – for better or worse – society has seen advancement in social connectivity, global war, entitlements, corporate austerity, poverty, destruction of nature, desensitization of life, faltering education, sickness, substance and food abuse, exploitation of indigenous nations, corrupt banking systems, gone amuck free market neocapitalism, disharmonious politics and impudent religions… just some stewing ingredients of  Earth colonization.

In the spirit of all of the above moving in is, Save-the-world-through-shoes-company known as TOMS. TOMS Marfa is under fire by the TXDOT as illegal roadside advertising. People are concerned that the life of TOMS Marfa will end. As referenced from “Save Prada Marfa” FB Page: Texas House of Representatives member Poncho Nevarez says this Art installation is vital to the tourism in the greater Big Bend Area. TOMS owner (and Texas Native) Blake Mycoskie agrees and insists TOMS Marfa is not an advertising tool, nor is it a prop to exploit the people of developing nations facing extinction.  Simultaneously in the United States, at large education systems are facing cuts, ethical fundamentals are at a loss with apparent signs of social inequality. All the while Mycoskie focuses his attention in developing nations, though not to alleviate poverty through the company’s estimated 250 million in sales for 2013, as reported by Fast Company. TOMS shoes has been under scrutiny for its business model. Referring from a 2013 article by Adriana Herrera of the New York Times, she states, “The root cause of poverty in many developing countries is a lack of access to fair-paying, sustainable employment. Imagine the positive impact TOMS could have if it were to use every decision in its supply chain to address the causes of poverty. Sebastian Fries of Toms, responded that TOMS is not in the business of poverty alleviation.”

·         TOMS are currently produced in China, Ethiopia and Argentina.

·         TOMS have been accused of favoring evangelical groups as giving partners.

·       Haiti with roughly a population of 10 million, of which 77% live in absolute poverty, equating to less than two dollars a day US. TOMS is set to open a factory there in 2015, employing only fifty people.

·         It is said TOMS should view the fair trade, bio material business model of SoleRebels.

·        Time magazine has recognized that charitable gifts from abroad can distort developing markets and undermine local businesses by creating an entirely unsustainable aid-based economy.

Nationally, TOMS has done well by promoting its brand through social media and college campus networks. Yet through the years TOMS has drawn away from its locally owned businesses giving major attention towards large corporate retail locations such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, essentially putting small community based businesses out in the cold due to volume based contracts and discrepancy based return policies that favor a much more powerful buyers. Small community based retailers are left with shoes that can’t be returned, previous year styles and limited selections. All which do nothing to support a local economy. In a disclosed interview, a local retailer confessed a story of being shipped “new” TOMS that carried the Neiman Marcus store label, when TOMS has been quite strict about their NO return policy.

Mycoskie whom lives in Los Angeles amongst the aristocrats, stars and ever so ever drought (both in water and spirit) hopes that TOMS Marfa  will bring greater inspiration to consumer Americans to give all they have to developing nations that suffer disease, starvation and corruption. It’s nearly impossible to clean up the effects of colonization; the many centuries of rape, slavery, pilferage, death, suffering, manipulation and occupation. Americans should feel guilt in their lifestyle as they are a direct product of all the past. As well Mycoskie wants all Americans and World to know the good and love in the hearts given by the people of Texas and Christian faith. Under the saving grace and salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, the full Globe can be brought to a new day of love and surrender. So long as you buy TOMS shoes, and endorse Christ as your savior, welcoming the “white” him into your heart. So help you God, otherwise you’re damned to hell.

This life evangelist and art activist says, quoting from a wise woman that resides in Texas. “Creativity is the salvation of mankind.” Keyword: Creativity. I couldn’t agree more. So suggestive and subjective. Through this installation, really take the time to open up and examine yourself. Examine where you came from, your ideas of community, wealth and sharing. Examine health, locality, nurturing the youth, education, intellect and both the ideas of developing and advanced nations. Examine the blueprint of life and the impact you have on that. Examine nature, become it. And think – find that love – feel… and ask yourself; how do I truly make the world a better place and provide stewardship to this Planet we call Earth? Perhaps then discovering the God in you, the Universe, Cosmo, the unraveling of time, DNA, and what brought you here to this heaven in the first place; a transformative state, the magic of life will begin.

Welcome to your APOCALYPSE?


To Recapture The Dream by Julius Lester 1969

“We Must not mistake an organization, a gun, or even an ideology for a revolution. They are only a means towards it. Revolution is first and foremost a question of morality, a question of values, a question of the inner life of people.” - Julius Lester, “To Recapture The Dream,”.Liberation AugSep1969, pp26-30



Flyer produced by The Black Emergency Cultural Coalition 1969. Previously on November 17, 1968,  a protest was initiated as this exhibition was being planned [1]. This flyer appears to be calling for the boycott of the actual preview of the show.

The Black Emergency Cultural Coalition had about 15+ years of art and activism and still not one book (1968-1984). We will be uploading more of this history as we come across it.  Stay turned!   & any information about BECC appreciated, email x(at)vizkult(dot) org .

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The Statement of Autonomy is perhaps the most overlooked statement by the NYC General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street. So many good points in there that we had to put it up and bring it to light again as the 2nd year anniversary approaches. n.b. the video below is a completely autonomous project not brought before the general assembly, at least not to my knowledge ;)


Occupy Wall Street Statement of Autonomy (video)



Passed by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street. November 10, 2011
and passed revision by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street, March 3, 2012

Occupy Wall Street is a people’s movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people. It is not a business, a political party, an advertising campaign or a brand. It is not for sale.

We welcome all, who, in good faith, petition for a redress of grievances through non-violence. We provide a forum for peaceful assembly of individuals to engage in participatory democracy. We welcome dissent.

Any statement or declaration not released through the General Assembly and made public online at www.nycga.net should be considered independent of Occupy Wall Street.

We wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and never has been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization. Our only affiliation is with the people.

The people who are working together to create this movement are its sole and mutual caretakers. If you have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then it is yours.

Any organization is welcome to support us with the knowledge that doing so will mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work and hierarchy and integrating our principles into your modes of action.


Occupy Wall Street values collective resources, dignity, integrity and autonomy above money. We have not made endorsements. All donations are accepted anonymously and are transparently allocated via consensus by the General Assembly or the Operational Spokes Council.

We acknowledge the existence of professional activists who work to make our world a better place. If you are representing, or being compensated by an independent source while participating in our process, please disclose your affiliation at the outset. Those seeking to capitalize on this movement or undermine it by appropriating its message or symbols are not a part of Occupy Wall Street.

Operation Ghetto Storm-2012-Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

“Trayvon Martin was never going to get justice from a courtroom of the United States government. Justice for Trayvon and for the hundreds of other Black women, men, and children executed by someone employed or protected by the US government on a daily basis will only come from our people and the power we are able to wield through the strength of our organization and the resolve of our will.” -MXGM July 15, 2013

In light of the Trayvon/Zimmerman verdict The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement has initiated the Every 28 Hours Campaign that advocates for the building of Black Self-Defense Networks, People’s Self Defense Networks, the institution of Police Control mechanism coupled with BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) tactics, and finally the forming of Peoples Assemblies.

In addition the MXGM offers three supporting resources 1) Operation Ghetto Storm, a full report on the 2012 extra judicial killings; 2) Let Your Motto Be Resistance, an organizing handbook for self-defense; and 3) We Charge Genocide Again!, a curriculum for the Every 28 Hours Campaign.

from MXGM…
The Every 28 Hours Campaign proposes a model for organizing:

  1.  The formation of Black Self-Defense Networks to defend our people and combat police terrorism. These Networks should seek to build Copwatch programs, engage in mass rights based education trainings for the community, serve as first responders to acts of Police Terrorism, and help coordinate mass resistance to these acts via mass mobilizations and direct action. These Networks should also be encouraged to engage in offensive campaigns, such as referendums to institute Police Control Boards.
  2. The formation of People’s Self-Defense Networks to defend the lives and interests of all oppressed peoples’ and exploited classes against various forms of state terrorism. These People’s Self-Defense Networks would work as multi-national alliances to engage in a broad manner all of the tasks mentioned above to defend oppressed peoples and targeted communities, such as LGBTQ2GNC communities, against institutionalized racism, white supremacy, institutionalized sexism, patriarchy and state repression be it racial profiling, gender profiling, stop and frisk, mass incarceration, or mass deportations.
  3. Waging campaigns for local referendums to institute Police Control mechanisms – i.e. community based structures that have the power to hire, fire, subpoena, and discipline the police on the local level. And waging massive, non-compliant campaigns of resistance employing BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) strategies and tactics on statewide, regional, and national levels.
  4. Forming People’s Assemblies, on local, citywide, and regional levels to engage in program and demand development initiatives that will enable the people to engage in the broad implementation of people’s programs for self-defense and mutual aid.


Read entire post with links to addtional resources for the Every 28 Hours Campaign:

vizKult.org announces:
Ambassador Jerry Maguire’s AlterNative EcoNomiEs

A new Alternative Economies Affinity Group inspired by Ambassador Jerry Maguire plans to go beyond the typical activist handbook and dialectical double-speak of both the ‘left’ and ‘right’. In the coming months and perhaps next decade, the affinity group is set to unleash alternatives to lift us into a new lucid dimension of economic play with ‘Workers’ Saunas’, ‘Autonomous Yoga Zones’, ‘Community Supported Tropical Agriculture’, ‘Local Kwon Currency’, ‘Time-Warp Banks’, and other ‘Open Sourcery Projects’…

In the meantime, vizKult invites you to attend Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies monthly meetings held on the last Sunday’s of every month. Next meeting is today!:

Sunday July 28th
Washington Square Park*
South-east grassy area,

*nearby rain location:
Think! Coffee
248 Mercer St
between 3rd and 4th St

vizKult May Day 2013 - Three People Walking...

In solidarity with all the students, faculty and staff who believe that knowledge is a commons.


10am – 3pm: Cooper Union Free University @ Cooper Square

3:00pm: NYC EDU BLOC Convergence + SPEAK OUT!!! @ Cooper Square

4:00pm: March to Union Square to join the May 1 Coalition rally & March to City Hall

9:00pm: Dance Party to Free Education @ Washington Square Park fountain


Schedule of NYC May Day events organized by Free Cooper Union and the Free University of NYC - check for updates!

Open Arts & Crafts Session
Book Shields! Banners! Placards! Sidewalk Chalking!

“Space, Design, and the Everyday”
Matthew Bissen

This course explores fundamental concepts of space and design with particular attention focused on how as designers and citizens we participate in the everyday design, reproduction, and production of our current and future realities. This course session will focus on architecture and counterculture and support the continuing development of semester long student projects.

“Organizing a NYC Student Movement”
Discussion with folks from Free University-NYC and All in the Red

Join students from around NYC to explore concrete ideas on how to organize a city-wide student movement that can build on lessons from mass mobilizations in Quebec, Chile, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere, while also envisioning our own locally specific forms of student power.

“Understanding Basic Economics and Finance”
Ron Rubin

There is a clear distinction between Economics (Main Street) and Finance (Wall Street). In order to understand how and why more and more of the value created by Main Street is flowing into the hands of Wall Street it is absolutely necessary to understand the distinction between these two related but different institutions and how they function in today’s world. Otherwise no real change will be possible.

“Watch the Gap: How Income Inequality and Poverty are Hurting America’s Kids”
Anthony Zenkus

Poverty and Low Socioeconomic Status can cause significant challenges to the cognitive, emotional and physical development of children. They increase the risk factors for everything from child abuse to school failure. With one of the highest gaps in income equality in the world, and one of the highest child poverty rates in decades, the United States is creating a lost generation that will grow up with less opportunity and more risk- unless we act. Income inequality must be addressed as a public health problem with repercussions that effect the entire community.

Tidal: Occupy Theory Occupy Strategy Conversation”

TIDAL has held significant conversations with Free University. The discussions in Washington Square Park led to Strike Debt. The S17 event expanded our horizons. Now, as TIDAL seeks to internationalize and nationalize its project, we want to re-open the conversation. How do we learn from Detroit? From Athens? From Tunis? From Cairo? What are the means of that learning? How do we ensure that this conversation is mutual and beneficial to all? An open workshop for all hosted by Team TIDAL.

“Writing for Home, School, and Everyday Life”
Susan Naomi Bernstein

For new and experienced writers: This course presents the processes of writing for anyone who struggles to write. Together we will develop our own practices of writing for audiences and purposes that connect to our visions of social transformation for home, school, and everyday life.

“Imagining a Student/Worker-Run University”
Various Participants

This will be an open discussion that is meant to encourage the development of a vision of a Free Cooper Union run by students and workers. We will talk about precedents in the form of student-run coops, cooperatively run schools, worker takeovers, the tenets behind the wages for schoolwork movement, and the legal and ideological strands that can link Cooper’s past to this future.

“People Power and Politics”
Dominique Nisperos

Introduction to the Gay Liberation Movement, discussing Carl Wittman’s A Gay Manifesto.
Reading materials and outlines will be provided.

“NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium”
Ben Katchor

Discuss and share new models for the distribution of text/image work.

“Climate Debt/Climate Justice”
Andrew Ross

Climate debt is not yet part of the political architecture in the U.S. Where does it come from? What kind of justice does it involve? And why is it so important?

“Towards an Alternative School of Art”
Collaborative workshop with folks from vizKult, OWS Arts & Labor, and Making Worlds

The economic and structural realities of art schools as they exists today can often be a source of anxiety and frustration for artists, teachers, and staff alike, but what might an alternative model look like? In this workshop we’ll discuss the things we like and don’t like about the current art school system. Then we’ll learn about various alternative models and discuss amongst ourselves how they can be applied to or replace that system.

“Love Spam”
Barbara Browning

About a year and a half ago, I initiated an experiment in creating a surplus of sentimental value. I began by spamming random individuals with personally targeted, hand-crafted ukulele covers I made of sentimental songs. Victims ranged from an obesity doctor in Winnetka, Illinois to the anarchist anthropologist David Graeber. In this workshop, I’ll give an update on the results (thus far) of the project, and I’ll give participants some ideas for possible similar projects of their own.

“Presenting the New Edition of the Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual”
members of Strike Debt

“Art, Design, Architecture, and Activism”
Benjamin Young

What do art, design, and architecture have to do with activism? How can artists, designers, architects, and other cultural workers contribute to a radically egalitarian and democratic public sphere? How can we imagine other forms of communication and design outside that of advertising? What forms of public discussion, critical thinking, and social and political activism can take shape against or through mass culture, and how can art and design disciplines contribute to them?
Participants are asked to come prepared to discuss the following readings: Mira Schor, “Lowering the Bar on Activism,” Huffington Post; Mira Schor, “Books are Like People,” A Year of Positive Thinking; Reinhold Martin, “Occupy: What Architecture Can Do,” Design Observer; Reinhold Martin, “Occupy: The Day After,” Design Observer.

“Building the Commons in NYC”
Making Worlds

Join an open conversation about the commons and education.

“Why We Need to Break Up the Megabanks”
Cathy O’Neil, OWS Alternative Banking Group

“Song Share”
Everybody Now!

Want to learn the May Day song? Want to sing but feel afraid to? Want to have a rockin’ good half hour? Then this is the class for you!
Throughout the day many will be singing the May Day song “We Stand for Justice.” This class is to help everybody feel comfortable, confident, and excited about singing during the rally and throughout the day. No singing or music skills needed, for we all are singers. We welcome and invite you to join us. Let your voice be heard!

“Sociology of Race and Ethnicity”
Dominique Nisperos

Introduction to Colorblind racism, using excerpts from Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s Racism Without Racists, Ch 3 and Conclusion; Brown et. al’s White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society, Ch 6. Reading materials and outlines will be provided.

Move your class / teach your own class at the Free University! Sign up here.