Archive for July, 2005

Keep on Crossin’ Manifesto

Keep on Crossin' patchWhen in the course of human events it becomes necessary to cross borders of political, social, linguistic, cultural, economic and technological construction…we will cross. For long before there were borders, there were crossers. We are the proud sons and daughters of these crossers, and we hold that crossing is a basic human right. Furthermore, we hold this right to be in-illegal alienable.

Artificial borders of body and mind and spirit must be crossed off the list. For every star-crossed, cross-bearing, cross-platform, cross-dressing, cross-country, cross-walker at the crossroads of culture, the time has come to cross.

We are living in a time when a truckload of toxic waste has more rights to cross than a human being. Wherever and whenever this is the case, we will cross.

Our crossing will be a sign to other crossers that the time has come to cross. We will cross at intersections. Anywhere we cross will become an intersection by the act of our crossing. We will look both ways before crossing, and then, with the positive momentum of humanity, we will cross.

We will cross into other manifestos. These include but are not limited to the Prague Manifesto for Esperanto, the Russell-Einstein Manifesto against nuclear war, the Roxy Music song “Manifesto,” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Plan of Delano, the Plan Espiritual de Aztlan and any other plans, declarations or manifestos that encourage, promote and reward crossing.

When the border expands, we contract. And when the border contracts, we expand. And when it is time to cross, we will cross all by ourselves.

Wherever there are tired, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we will cross.

Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, we will cross.

As Martin Luther King wrote from the injustice stained confines of a Birmingham jail: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

By wearing this patch, we declare that our garment be counted as a piece from Dr. King’s “single garment of destiny.”

And to ensure that the sun and moon continue to shine on the smiling faces of the free, we will keep on crossing.

0v3r104d to screen in Hong Kong

ILL AT EASE (Hong Kong Art Centre, July 23) is a showcase of video responses by artists and activists to the Culture of Fear and Consumption produced by the last five years under the Bush administration, the advent of Home Land Security and the recent war in Iraq. A reflection of the political state of the States, ILL AT EASE sums up the emotional tenor and extreme uncertainties current in North America.

  • Norman Cowie – Terror Alert
  • Ximena Cuevas – Cinepolis
  • Kathy High – Zero Visibility
  • Bryan Boyce – State of the Union
  • Bryan Boyce – World’s Fair World
  • Les Leveque – 2 Spellbound
  • Norman Cowie – Scenes from an Endless War
  • Paul Chan – Now Let Us Praise American Leftists
  • Tara Matiek – Operation Invert
  • Nathan Gibbs – 0v3r104d (overload)
  • Jackie Goss – How to Fix the World

IFCT to screen Crayola Monologues in NY

The International Festival of Cinema and Technology will screen Crayola Monologues as part of its 2005 summer tour at the Remote Lounge, 327 Bowery in Manhattan. The event takes place Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th. If you’re in the area, let me know and I can get you free tickets.

The IFCT tour 2005: