The River

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Make art, not war

A friend found the following on the site Grinding.


Unable to afford a proper camera crew and equipment, The Get Out Clause, an unsigned band from the city, decided to make use of the cameras seen all over British streets.

They set up their equipment, drum kit and all, in eighty locations around Manchester – including on a bus – and proceeded to play to the cameras.

Afterwards they wrote to the companies or organisations involved and asked for the footage under the Freedom of Information Act.

View the video here. This is a great example of the transformative possibilites of art. Instead of smashing the instruments of the state, the musicians make use of them. The faceless oppressive force loses its power, because it's enlisted in a truly public-spirited enterprise. Detournement and the Situationist International live!

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