_This_ is not a hoax!


Subject: _This_ is not a hoax!
From: njcross (njcross@sbcglobal.net)
Date: Fri Jul 09 2004 - 13:19:56 EDT


  Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 12:50:58 +0100
    From: douglas benford <douglas@benfo.demon.co.uk>
Subject: London: Steve Kurtz benefit w. KODWO ESHUN, SI-CUT.DB

ART IS NOT TERRORISM: STEVE KURTZ

Friday 9 July (7pm onwards)
@ The Courtroom, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial St., E1 (020.7247.5102)
Tube: Aldgate East Price: free, but suggested donation of £24

"When Steve Kurtz rang the paramedics on 11/05/04 because his wife
was in the spasms of a heart attack, they, upon noticing the lab equipment
in his home, later notified the FBI. Kurtz was "detained" for being a
suspected bioterrorist. A founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble,
he was in the process of creating a piece for MassMoCA's The
Interventionist exhibition. The work, at that moment in Petri dishes (simple
bacteria) and test tubes, was intended to be part of Free Range Grains,
a piece designed to question genetically modified foods. Since then, the
charges of bioterrorism have been dropped in place of others. Of course,
it's obvious that any bioterrorist would ring the paramedics with his weapons
all laid out... All this highlights the problems of the recent American Patriot
Act. As part of a series of international fund-raisers for the payment of his
defence, critic and poet Barry Schwabsky (co-editor international reviews,
Artforum and Kultureflash.net contributing editor), Warren Neidich (visiting
artist at Goldsmiths from NY) and Anjalika Sagar (artist, UK), with The Arts
Catalyst and Artsadmin have organised drinks and food (donated by *Story)
and celeb speakers as well as exclusive footage of Kurtz speaking. Music
will be provided by SI-CUT.DB and a DJ set by KODWO ESHUN.
Your support is required!

NB: so they can accommodate the hordes, please email/RSVP:
info@artscatalyst.org or ring 020.7375.3690."



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