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(en) Journal of Aesthetics and Protest issue 2 out now (yeah!)

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Date Tue, 7 Oct 2003 08:33:11 +0200 (CEST)

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> From: dr.woooo <dr.woooo-A-nomasters.org> Fwd message of Marc Herbst <sparckle1-A-hotmail.com>
Online at http://www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org.
"If our words were called human, heavy, anarchic, beatific, right on,
poetic, it would all just feel so right.
Of what use are ideas and actions that avoid market rationality?
Of what use are ideas that disallow their own institutionalization?
Of what use are words that avoid capitalist functionalization?
Of what use are ideas that are dangerous?
The flippant rumor circulated by the Right that the Clinton staff stole,
upon vacating the White House, all the G's and W's from the computers
clearly reveals the link between the written word and power."
- From the editors
Forward, issue #2

Voices of a critical/creative movements.

Music For an Amped Mob......Lex Bhagat, interviews Infernal Noise Brigade's
Grey Filastine
Tactics Without Tears......Aaron Gach and Trevor Paglan
Counter Culture Dialectics......Robby Herbst
The Conspiracy of Silence......Mariana Botey
De-Colonizing the Revolutionary Imagination......Patrick Reinsborough,
The State Is No Dream, Not Even In My Kisses......Beate Schlingelhoff-Gross
Arts in Action......Ben Ehrenreich interviews LA's radical political art
Woodsy......Sam White
Kritik!!!......by Tessa Laird-Shimada with contributions by
Gwynneth Porter, Mark von Schlegell, Chris Kraus, Mat Gleason,
Daniel Malone, Marc & Robby Herbst, Daniel J. Martinez
Absurd Responses vs. Earnest Politics- Ben Shepard
Boom!......Yates McKee
Story Stalking......E.A. Hansen
Imagination is an Instrument of Survival/On Pragmatic
Multitudism......Christina Ulke,
with contributions by Mark Allen, Michael Asher, Nicole Cousino,
DRS, Peter Fend, Morton Goll, Maria Karlsson, Sarah Lewison,
Ocean Earth, Jonathan Phillips, Glen Howard Small
Democracy is a good idea/Pragmatism......Morton and Jesper Goll
Las Agencias and Dark Matter......Greg Shollete
"Better to Laugh than Cry" Antiwar Activism......Ben Shepard
Moving Forward......The Editors
......poster project images and more

At 170 pages, the print copy of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest,
designed by Kimberly Varrella, is a work of art. A bargain at $6.50.

All money earned supports the Journal and its projects (lectures,
presentations, actions, performances, events, publications). It is available
at bookstores(such as 33 1/3 in Los Angeles, Bluestockings in NYC), magazine
stands,info-shoppes(such as Appendiks in Copenhagen)around the world. It is
also distributed by AK Press.

Order your copy
......email to sparkle@c-level.cc
......write 3424 Council Street LA CA 90004

Marc and Robby Herbst
Editors THe Journal of Aesthetics and Protest

The Conspiracy of Silence - Dialogical Ethic and the Virtual Configuration of
Emerging Nets
by Mariana Botey

“Our truth that, we recognize before anyone, is not the truth of everyone.
Words don't kill, but can be more lethal than bombs. It is the words, and not
the arms of the zapatistas, that the government is afraid of."

- EZLN communiqué

It has been said that the EZLN is a postmodern guerilla. This interpretation is
originally rooted in the fact that the EZLN (in many ways the first local
revolutionary proposal of the new millennium) disseminates diversity,
multiplicity, emancipatory imagination and revolutionary creativity.

The armed struggle of the zapatista movement has gone as far as to change the
stereotype of the Latin-American guerrillas into a new vision, much more alive,
empathic and mythical. Its vision harkens back to the concept of revolution as
Romantic character: novelistic, poetic and adventurous, a character that was
typical to the social ideas of the Nineteenth century. All this on account of a
considerable effort of communicative reflection and consciousness that
encompasses the language and symbols of political revolt.

This reflection, this communicative consciousness around the importance of
language, this understanding of the process of communication as political
action. Its translation of the zapatista experience into a new subjectivity in
politics has opened the door for new forms of social interaction and
participation. It has opened the door for new forms of communication. I refer
here to the creation of a communicative ethic and a proposal for the
organization of autonomy based in this epistemology of the Net.

Away from superlative temptations and the traditional position of the vanguard
that dominates most forms of guerrilla organization. The EZLN bet on the
independence of the civil society in the search for the construction of a
democratic model. They bet on the large participation of diverse political
forces and popular sectors. Their many calls for the creation of the Convencion
Nacional Democratica, the open and public calls in communiqués and their
declarations to the press that show an intention of respect for the principle
of autonomy as the political building proposal of the civil society. The power
of the mobilization of the zapatista discourse and its echoing is based in a
pluralistic conception of democracy.

Traditionally, guerrilla movements instrumented armed actions over long periods
of time in order to bring down governments, with the final goal of taking
power. The EZLN takes up arms to propose a dialogue and political collaboration
with the civil society. The EZLN project creates a proposal that is dialogical
and ethical, it understands the autonomous and diverse configuration of the
social subjects that flow in the many different ebbs and webs that conform the
social body. Much more than a traditional populist vanguard, the EZLN jumps
into the public sphere as a participant in the complex, multiple and plural
civil movement with whom its trying to create a political, social and
economical alternative to the current power structures of Mexico and the world.
In this sense the EZLN talks, in a new and old language, acting as a translator
or bridge between the Indian peasants and the civil society.

At the beginning of the uprising is the EZLN, some sectors of civil society,
and the written press- they function as the central actors to mobilize public
opinion. Before the irruption of zapatismo, public opinion was defined and
controlled by the private interests of the owners of the media and the
government. The zapatista phenomena extended to multiple forms of visual and
electronic communication--photography, film, video, the internet; a whole
iconographic universe. All the while, the EZLN produced something unique in
these times of electronic free market: informative nets, informal discussions
and open forums of reflection about the situation in Chiapas. So, while the
government and techno-structure of the State strive to isolate and disappear
the conflict and the reality of the armed revolt, symbollically and physically,
from the public space- through alternative media, the informative activism of
solidarity groups and a grassroots dialogue, the zapatista media phenomena
emerges. It makes it possible to spread true and alternative information to the
national and international opinion about the international war in Chiapas and
its deep-rooted injustice.

The zapatista strategic and political use of communication has developed and
then used a new model for alternative information that utilizes all forms of
social channels. This is maybe the most important Mediatic contribution of the
Zapatista Army, one that connects social process and thinking with the
systematic epistemology of the Net. The EZLN has come to form by intuiting a
clear vision of a contemporary reality that is at the same time complex and
virtual, the social and cultural conditions of a new political scenario in
which we move in symbolic terms and where it is necessary to project with
creativity and imagination an "intergalactic" ideological warfare against
neoliberalism; all of this based in the proliferation, the diversity, the
creative and democratic use of information by the civil society.

The informatic development of channels of solidarity with the EZLN (in social
spaces like Aguas Calientes) are relevant as a reflection of a different and
new communicative social order. The logic of the Net is a platform and system
of self-organization for the community that makes possible original forms of
political organization as suggested by the EZLN’s communicative structure. In
other words, it is the logic of the Net that is actualized because of its
emancipatory potential, its likelihood to create new alliances and its building
qualities for the making of new communities within the virtual culture. The war
in Chiapas heralded political model is more informal, spontaneous, of the
everyday. Forms of emancipation that the ecology of information offer are an
informal and open social network of solidarity and intersubjetivity.

In the global Babel, Chiapas opened a mediatic discussion about the Indigenous
Problem, all this fueled by the serious political crisis revealed in the
uprising. Across the symbolic space created by the zapatistas, Indigenous
political movements have learned to build new forms of civil resistance and
social opposition. The mediatic resistance of the EZLN is another embodiment of
an alternative for the cultural resistance of the Indigenous people in their
intentions for unfolding a symbolic war that aims once again for the respectful
and just recognition of their difference.

The recovery of language for the politics of communication empowers the
construction of a discourse of social participation, one that is based in the
dialogical and transparent nature of the word when it's shared and built with
intersubjectivity and as a grass roots form of democracy. The nature of this
discourse in its plurality and diversity guarantees the authenticity of meaning
and the intention of this political communication as a channel for a
transparent development of public participation and action. Because of this,
the informatic discourse of the zapatistas breaks the structures of official
power, corporate media and institutional politics, intersecting the agency of a
logic that is truly public and therefore engages in a true dialogue.

"The bombs which are to fall in Iraq seek also to fall on all the nations of
earth. They would also fall on our hearts, and thus universalize that fear
which they carry within. This war is against all humanity, against all honest
men and women. This war seeks that we should know fear, that we should believe
that he who has money and military force also has right. This war hopes that we
shall shrug our shoulders, that we shall make cynicism a new religion, that we
shall remain silent, that we shall conform, that we shall resign, that we shall
surrender...that we shall forget..."

Communiqué from the EZLN, which was read during the demonstration in Rome,
Italy, on February 15, 2003.

As people in all corners of the world recognize the immense threat, coercion
and destruction that the dreams of empire and eternal war dreamed by the Bush-
Cheney junta bring upon the future and survival of humanity, the zapatista
model of communication is already an organic and activated form of global
multiplicity in discourse, struggle, solidarity and rebellion.

[From their web site: http://www.journalofaestheticsandprotest.org/about/index.html

about The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest

The Journal of Aesthetics and Protests flies in the airs of the present, gathering up
words like sticks shaking in the breeze. The journal sits at a discursive juncture
between art and (often anarchist) activism with the knowledge that a knowledge and
discourse are one tool to change the world.

The Journal, aware of the possibilities of the boundless moment, searches for ways to
think through the cultural and political ramifications of representation. In word and
aspiration, The Journal dreams toward a world that differs from "a celebration of the
choice already made in the sphere of production, and the consummate result of that

The first issue was written largely by a scattering of friends and acquaintances whose
credentials are their interests and their will to understand the topics on which they write.

The second issue was written with urgency.

*Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, New York 1994, p 13.

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