Re: An illegal program series

From: ben d (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2006 - 20:38:09 PDT

>Wouldn’t that allow the "legal" to define you?

That is true, however within spaces as confined as this i see no alternative
but to force the issue of legality, and what the legal means. Over the last
few years a large number of small galleries and artist spaces have been
closed in Vancouver for by-law infractions. At the same time the rental
market has boomed making non-commercial ventures even more tenuous. In
response to this i've decided to experiment with throwing off any pretence
to legitimacy. It is a suggestion to seize space instead of begging for it
from a rigid bureaucracy. Looking to other cities with more "liberal" laws
for zoning and squatting i have to say that whatever openess exists exists
through struggle. To add to that notion i believe that, as artists working
outside of the commercial market, we can only come to know ourselves (in a
global sense) through collective struggles which disarm the positions of
priveldge and competition. Hopefully through that process beautiful events
and moments can be stolen from a space that gentrification continual makes
ever more controlled by market forces. In a city where the softest of public
gestures (wheat pasting posters etc.) are framed as "radical interventions"
into public space when a block away 100s of people are being evicted from
SROs (single room occupancy hotels) to make way for development it feels
necessary to push the envelope into a combatitive realm. The politics behind
this project are not something to debate in this forum (we come together as
ezperimental filmmakers who love celluloid as a medium), but input into the
presentation and blending of form and content are always helpful.

ben donoghue (& the hungry ghost)

PS- "To be an outlaw you must first have a base in law to reject and get out
of. I never had such a base. I never had a place I could call home that
meant any more that a key to a house, apartment, or hotel room." -William S.

>From: Francisco Torres <email suppressed>
>Reply-To: Experimental Film Discussion List <email suppressed>
>To: email suppressed
>Subject: Re: An illegal program series
>Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 21:06:58 -0400
>"We are not talking light stuff here we are speaking of programming within
>through illegality, as a site and as a project".
>Would'nt that allow the "legal" to define you?
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