Performative Actions to Facilitate Speech


  • Guerrilla projection, or projection bombing: laser pointer graff, texting in, projection bombing of films, Check out this nice one for SMS here. See: Graffiti Research Lab, Paul Nuxoltd, Olia Lialina, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Students for Free Tibet
  • Newspaper Wrap
  • Tall bikes: Labofii (Lab of Insurrectionary Information) & Climate Camp during Copenhagen Climate Summit: tall bikes welded two high and two across w/platforms for projectors, toilets, w/mods that could connect to form barricades.
  • Transformations: transforming suspect businesses into day care centers, homeless shelters, hospitals, a la UK Uncut</li>
  • Free stuff: 1960’s Provos’s free bikes left around city, now known as white painted Boris Bikes
  • Yarn Bombing
  • Shop dropping
  • Inflatables: rapidly deployable inflatable shelters, such as those by Michael Rakowitz
  • Chair bombing: reclaiming materials from discarded wooden pallets or cardboard, making chairs, distributed

Performative Case Studies of surprise, absurdity and mis performance

Hardware & Software Network Systems: for communication when networks are down

Hard/software systems case studies

Civic Media Systems & artworks to promote discussion

  • VozMob, Voces Moviles (Mobile Voices): cell phone network for undocumented people in LA to contribute stories
  • Kubitana
  • Media Shed’s Telephone Trottiore: phone banking systems to promote discussion amongst Congolese expatriates living in England
  • Ushahidi: non-profit tech company develops free OS software for information collection, visualization and mapping. Aim to democratize information, increase transparency
  • Dead Drops: anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space
  • PirateBox: self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device
  • Wi Pikin (our children) network in Sierra Lione, w/UNICEF (talk at Mobility Shifts Confernce)
  • Aago, designed in conjunction with the MIT Center for Civic Media, to foster creative storytelling and citizen journalism among youth media makers in marginalized communities. Used inVoices Beyond Walls, a multi-year program of digital storytelling and media production conducted with Palestinian children and youth in refugee camps in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza since 2006. (talk at Mobility Shifts Conference Thu Oct 13 4:30 – 6:30
  • IndyMedia

Protest & Tactical Manual Examples

Tools & Resources

  • encrypted database for human rights abuse witnesses
  • text message w/large groups from anywhere
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Surveillance Self-Defense
  • Open Source networking server
  • online activist campaign organizing


References sites

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