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Okty Budiati on Immediatism podcast

Okty Budiati is an individualist and nihilist anarchist in Indonesia. A performance artist and photographer, she has turned toward writing while confined to a safehouse in Jakarta. Okty has written a number of pieces for The Anarchist Libraries SE Asia. These two Immediatism episodes feature Okty's English writings, with the rest to be translated soon. Okty writes of anti-identity and self-defense in My Home Is My Broken Heart. Her Libertine Monologue Correlation Imagination is also titled "Who Slips and Who is Lonely."

TOTW: The Arts

There's no accounting for taste.

Some people like Sylvia Plath, some people like Ted Hughes. Some people like Twilight, some people like Die Hard. Some people, I hear, even like Mandalorian. People who go to all the same gigs can't agree on which movie to watch. People who love all the same novels fall out over which radio station to listen to in the car. When it comes to the arts, it's anarchy out there.

How has your anarchism shaped your taste in the arts, and how has your taste in the arts shaped your anarchism?

Cuba: Solidarity for the San Isidro Movement

via Freedom

At the end of November 2018, activists from the Artistic Movement of San Isidro met for the first time to demonstrate in the streets of Havana and in front of the Ministry of Culture, with the aim of obtaining the repeal of the Decree 349: a law aimed at restricting the creativity of any artistic activity on Cuba. Since the beginning of the movement, our colleagues from the Taller Libertario Alfredo López in Havana have participated in those mobilizations.

TOTW: 2020 - The year past, the year ahead

all my friends are sinking beneath the waves

Topic of the week - As 2020 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the ongoing social upheavals worldwide, the inspiring international anarchist actions, some books that have kept you turning the pages, and the music that has been the soundtrack to it all. 2020 has been a year, to say the least.

Beyond The Dark Horizon Volume 2 released

Beyond The Dark Horizon Volume 2 released

From Beyond the Dark Horizon

A publication of green anarchist art, poetry, stories, rants from 'so called-Australia'

"We are in a new epoch of breakdown what will it mean to not have a horizon ... to have no map of how act ... to have only shifting sands to cling to and be in a world radically different than that of the last 10000+ years? What does green anarchy mean today."

Call for Artwork Submissions: Anarchist Circles Are Beautiful

Call for Artwork Submissions: Anarchist Circles Are Beautiful

From Cindy Milstein dot wordpress

The idea is simple.

Anarchism is beautiful. How would you embody that beauty in a circle A?

Or to put it another way, how would you illustrate the best of anarchism’s vision—its dreamy promises and/or life-affirming practices—within the form of a circle A?

The Witch in the Smoke

The Witch in the Smoke

From Just Seeds by Roger Peet - Art & Politics, Today's Extinct Animal

David Graeber died last week, and in mourning his loss and considering his contributions, I read, at a friend’s suggestion, his 2011 summary of Occupy on the Al Jazeera website. He begins by talking about the questions that people often asked him, at that time, about aspects of the communications and decision making structure within Occupy that they found confusing, and which they thought unlikely to find purchase among the general public. The example he gives is the general wry contempt that most journalists had for the twinkly fingers of agreement, and the sprawling consensus process. His response to those journalists was to observe that Occupy’s explosive spread into cities and towns across the country showed that the thing it was doing was something that inspired people across America, regardless of the minutiae of process. The idea that a new form of relating to other people could be created ad hoc wherever you were was the force at the heart of the idea, and what propelled it.

TOTW: Are statues statist?

Are statues statist? Can they be useful to anarchists? The statue is an old device, likely as old as society. From folklore artifacts to fallen heroes to deities, they'll always be carrying their load of meaning that brings a narrative of sorts. And they are pervasive, and prevailing through time and context, and across distinct social arrangements.

Art and the Void

From birdsbeforethestorm.net

When I was younger people used to say “all the great artists are crazy” and that used to scare me a little bit, because I wanted to be a great artist but I didn’t want to lose touch with reality. People say artists must suffer, and that scared me too, because I like suffering about as much as the next girl, which is to say I don’t.

Racist Corporate Media Offices Redecorated

From Anarchists Worldwide

Gimuy / Cairns, So-Called Australia: Racist Corporate Media Offices Redecorated

During the night of 03-04 August 2020 we visited the offices of News Corp publication The Cairns Post and the local offices of the Seven Network, broadcaster of 7 News.

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