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Further evidence of police misconduct during Eris Parade in New Orleans.

The above video clearly illustrates misconduct by the NOPD during the Eris Parade this past Sunday.

A cameraman is pepper-sprayed directly in the face, as is a young man who is communicating to an officer, “I’m trying to make sure my friend is ok.”

A police officer sprays liberally into a crowd of costumed paraders. Again, paraders. Not protesters.

Additionally, bad has been turning into worse in the DIY community with the forced closure of The Iron Rail and Plan B, two established non-profits sharing a building in the Marigny. The Iron Rail, a resource center focused on printed media, and Plan B, a bicycle co-operative, are both important assets to  the city and contribute significantly to the vibrancy as well as to the vitality of New Orleans. More than just mere coincidence, the closing of these cultural establishments appears to be a direct attack on the community organizations and it’s members believed to be affiliated with the events at the Eris Parade.

Krewe of Eris met with police aggression, arrests during parade in New Orleans.

 

For those unfamiliar with  Krewe of Eris, it’s one of several unofficial, unsanctioned parades occurring during Carnival season in New Orleans. While typically many things to many different people, the Eris parade is undoubtedly an exuberant, unrestrained exhibition and celebration of creativity and individual expression.

Open to all, the Krewe of Eris has no membership requirements, no dues to be paid. Rolling for it’s seventh year this past Sunday, the parade traveled through areas of the Bywater, Marigny, and French Quarter in the city of New Orleans. As the procession of costumed paraders entered the French Quarter,  the crowd was met with increased police hostility. The situation escalated as Eris continued on its march, resulting in members of the New Orleans Police Department brandishing batons, pepper-spraying large groups of people, and arresting at least a dozen individuals believed to be affiliated with the parade.

For a city that prides itself on its proficiency at controlling crowds, the New Orleans Police Department publicly failed at handling this event in a professional manner, utilizing violence and random arrests in lieu of the “crowd control strategies and techniques” they are supposedly equipped with.

The front page story on this incident from The Times Picayune can be read here. The excerpts below are from the New Orleans Independent Media website:

Sunday, March 6, 2011: Krewe of Eris parade attacked by NOPD

“The parade then moved forward, finally, following a course that took it into the French Quarter. We didn’t get far; it was clear the Eighth District didn’t want us there. Some neighborhoods are okay to parade in, and some, apparently, are not. The response to Eris entering the Quarter was swift and markedly more aggressive. A helicopter swept us with its spotlight– wait, does NOPD have a helicopter now? There was definitely one present. Police cars blocked off two sides of every intersection, directing the parade into two right turns: up one block and then directly back out towards Esplanade. All the cars at the intersections had their sirens going at ear-splitting volumes, as did the now-multiple cars behind us, which accelerated and roared their engines. Many paraders broke into a trot and then an unnerved run. Some crowded onto the sidewalks.”  Read more: Arrested at the Eris Parade

Also, a repost from nolaslate: “I ran back out the door and ran into a man who had been with Eris who told me that the cops had tried to blockade them at Esplanade, then Franklin, now here at Port. When I walked the half block to the intersection I saw cop cars everywhere, cops with a kid face down on the ground and all had their batons out and their attitudes in evidence. The police were very clearly spoiling for a fight.” Read More: Permitting Culture Crimes

 

Tsunehisa Kimura

Gunnery Pagodas / Manhattan Niagara / The University of War

A great post from BLDG BLOG I found via the gaybombnazicastle blog. Just putting it up as I figure it’s worth sharing and I’d like to remember it later.

I wish I could find more of Tsunehisa Kimura work. A quick google search didn’t yield terribly much but I did find this interesting piece with some insight into the artist who claims Metropolis and the first-hand experience of witnessing the firebombing of Osaka in 1945 influenced his work.

Paul Klee: Castle and Sun

Know about him.

Martha Rosler

Martha Rosler has become an artist of interest after recently viewing her collage series titled “Bringing The War Home”, a collection of works from the seventies which addressed the Vietnam war by juxtaposing images from two disparate media sources – Life Magazine and House Beautiful. The Aesthetics of Terror website appropriately described her collage work as “image sabotage”.

One of Rosler’s current projects is the “Martha Rosler Library”, a traveling-study hall filled with thousands of books from the artists personal collection. While creating a peculiarly intimate window into the intellectual development and inspiration of the artist, this work also communicates an earnest intent to share information in a manner non-subjugated by her own interpretations.

“this is postmodernism”

Zoltan from the Planetarium in Keskemet, Hungary describing one of the celestial bodies in his scale model of the solar system. Thank to Brandon Boan for the picture.

Nick Rodrigues

Happened upon this guy’s work via Makezine while searching for images for a conference presentation I was giving on technology and mobile devices. While an interesting commentary on levels of privacy and public usage, this piece also points to the interesting disappearance of the phone booth from the urban landscape.

“Historically the iconic phone booth represented a place where one could go to be alone for a private conversation, transform into superman or travel through time. Today, it’s obsolete in most cities.”

More work from Nick Rodrigues here.

Tomas Del Balso

Tomas Del Balso (of Toronto’s dd/mm/yyyy and Romo Roto) just e-mailed about his blog and a new zine he recently finished. Tomas is a super good dude who I’ve had the chance to hang out with a few times. Check out his drawings and listen to his bands. If you happen to be in Hong Kong later this month, go see them play.

Zimmermann & de Perrot

This Swiss pair is pretty extraordinary, refreshing from the perspective of both dance and theatre. Having just read about them, a quick search on YouTube turned up some interesting results. The above video utilizes the audio sampling of a moment, incorporating a dance move into a loop which fades away as the soundtrack transforms on the spot by the live DJ on the side of the stage (which is actually shifting and tilting along with some of the furniture on it). Zimmermann and de Perrot seem to be reconfiguring the utility of props and the function of a stage.

“Gaff Aff” is happening in New York right now, the first time these guys have brought one of their shows to the States. A two-man show, this production emphasizes the artistic potential inherent in the everyday, using basic materials to create what looks to be a magical dance, humorous as much as it is poetic.