On the 17.06.2007 art group Ztohoven secretly altered Czech TV broadcast. They inserted footage into the Panorama program of ČT2 channel showing illusionary nuke explosion in picturesque setting of Krkonoše Mountains.
Their aim was to contribute to discussion about media manipulation, hence the entire action was called “The Media Reality”. However in the end, it touched upon many other topics. Regardless of the action’s point, the artists were labeled dangerous hackers and digital pirates. The debate about media (in)dependence swiftly turned into a hoax accusation. Whole hell broke loose as they accidentally tapped system’s weak points, many more than they had originally expected. These days seven members of up to the point anonymous group are dragged from court to court. Fined by the council for public TV and radio broadcast on one side, awarded by National Gallery’s prize NG 333 on the other, Ztohoven members gave birth to an action which, over the period of one year, has grown into unforeseen dimensions.
Watch the complete movie below, it has English subtitles.
The notion of techno-activism, cyber subversion, dance blockades has been borne from the recent explosion of creative energy as the dance and protest culture comes together. Pushed along recently by the Reclaim the Streets actions, the edge of culture opposed to the destruction of the environment, inequality of the state is growing by the day.
The acid house boom of the late eighties saw a new format and arena for expression, excess and human interaction. Breaking down the barriers of traditional entertainment the emphasis was placed on the participants of an event, taking the spotlight initially away from the entertainers. In Sydney as the rave party went overground, the Vibe Tribe collective took the concept in a different direction with its liberationist anarchist politics, free parties and community fund raising dances helping define 'Doof" culture in Australia. For various reasons the collective splintered in different directions in the mid nineties, the cyber subversive energy continuing on in a number of groups including Organarchy Sound System and Oms Not Bombs.
Organarchy concentrated on getting the home grown tunes out through its own label, whilst Oms Not Bombs put out the energy on the Doof protest frontier. The first oms Not Bombs tour in 1995 saw a dance protest on the lawns of New Parliment House in Canbarra drawing attention to the insanity of French Nuclear testing in the Pacific. Pacific nuke testing has now stopped but the madness continues in this land as more uranium mines are planned. A fund raiser at Alexandria's Graffiti Hall of Fame raised the bucks for an old Wollongong transit bus that embarked on a 10,000 k round trip to Jabiluka last year doofing, protesting and networking from Sydney through Canberra, East Gippsland, Melbourne, Adelaide, Uluru, Alice Springs and Darwin to the front line people power protests outside the site of Energy Resources of Australia's planet and future destroying uranium mine in Kakadu. The tour was a great experience. Traveling with a big mobile crew was found to be inspiring and stressful, by getting a real high from being closer to the elements, meeting strange and wonderful people and playing music in some amazing locations. The Ohms Not Bombs' "Dig The Sounds Not Uranium" tour in '98 took the crew 10,000 km on a round trip to the Northern Territory.
The Mutoid Waste co is currently involved in a similar trip. The need to mobilize and activate people has never been more acute. Jabiluka mine was delayed for a year due to the strength of opposition here and overseas. Now they're trying to fast track another mine at Beverly in South Australia that if allowed to go ahead will poison the great artesian basin water supply that feeds the centre of Australia. Plans are also afoot by the nuclear lobbyists to place a nuclear waste dump for the world in the outback of South Australia. A mobile people power movement has the power to stop this madness and set a precedent for the future.
The aim of Oms Not Bombs is to help catalyze such a movement to do this we must create unity between crews and collectives, political groups, subcultures and like minded folk across the land. The autonomous zone created on the dance floor is a good seedbed for such a unity. With the Earthdream convoy well under way it is be a good focus for a united response to the governments continued assault on the environment, on youth, the unions and the traditional aboriginal people of this country. Lets get this party started and close down uranium mining thus affecting the world by withdrawing Australia's role in the future destroying nuclear industry.
Like all collectives they rise and fall,Ohms Not Bombs like its predecessor Vibe Tribe has become more of a mode of contact,the original crew is scattered and involved in many other projects around the land.
Bass Bin Ladin regularly puts on Booty partys like Ghetto Fabolous,Players Ball in Melbourne,Chin Bindi is still djing around the place,Hi Jack Soundsystem in Sydney puts on rocking free party's, the mobile Trailer trash sound system is an active traveling unit with Mashy P (AKA Morphism)
Featured in Cyclist Defrost - Issue #3 of the frigid/cryogenesis zine - november 1998. From the archive at Cyclic Defrost (Issue #3 PDF)
Remember the revolution starts in your own mind
Mutate the state
Dismantle the arms trade
Make Australia Nuke free
Reclaim the future
Permaculturalise the Planet
Promote positive people power action
Love heals all Revolve Evolve Solve
Frontline: The Merchants of Cool is a fascinating, albeit highly cynical look, into the way teenagers and children are marketed to.
Narrated by Douglas Rushkoff, it is close to ten years old, having been first broadcast in February 2001.
One of the programme’s key themes is that teen culture is fast-moving and transitory. Yet hindsight has proved this to be false.
It would seem that the more things change, the more things stay the same.
The programme was made pre 9/11, pre X Factor, pre Youtube, pre Facebook, pre Obama and pre Spotify (to name just half a dozen things that have shaped our entertainment culture in the intervening years). Yet it remains highly recognisable and relevant to teen culture today.
Mission to India is the most epic, the furthest-reaching and the longest mission of a European tribe. Filmed in 2001, this documentary tells the story of Sound Conspiracy, the reunion of three sound-systems: OQP, Total Resistance and Facom Unit who decide to set off the mythical Goa. Filmed by Paula of Sound Conspiracy, the documentary follows a travel log where the collective survived a fast, while crossing Iran, imposed armed escort through Pakistan where brutal robbers lurk, and heavy-handed checks by the omnipresent Turkish army in Kurdistan. They arrive exhausted in Goa at the end of November to organize several parties despite the undreamt-of local mafia implanted in this paradise of electronic music.
That is the password to Mutonia Sculpture Park near Alberrie Creek. Because of his Celtic roots Robin Mutoid has been celebrating summer solstice in Stonehenge. In the winter everyone is invited to celebrate the winter solstice at Plane-henge.
I uploaded a video of a broadcast on ABC News in Australia featuring Robin Mutoid and his park. I hope the video doesn't get deleted due copyright. Copyright who? This gives you a better idea on the size of some sculptures.
On with our tour. After the relocation of the Ghan Railway in 1980 the original track was abandoned. Robin Mutoid mutated an old railway bridge crossing Alberrie Creek. Using a 58 seater white bus an aeroplane tail fin bolted to the roof to create the worlds first 'Ghan Hover Bus Service'. A travel service free of charge including the Ghan Hover Bus Library. Where anyone can borrow or deposit a book for travelers passing by.
A flow of information is constantly streaming from the television set; a bombardment of words and pictures. The speed at which this information is communicated makes it easy for the signal to take control, switching the viewer's brain to stand-by as information is absorbed without analysis or question. Today the television's constant signal shapes the conclusions of the masses and produces the collective norm. The signal prescribes what is news and what is truth through the words of so-called experts and authorities, gelding the consciousness and independent thoughts of those subjected to it. Through television, the masses can be made to accept the most monstrous distortions of reality. The signal is a chill wind of continuous oppression over the minds of the masses. It controls the management of society and culture, creating uniformity across all subjects.
The fuel for this vehicle of mass deception is a technique known as perception management where an array of psychological techniques are used to alter the truth, leading the viewer to a desired conclusion. Some call this spin or propaganda while others know it as lying. According to Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister for Adolph Hitler, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it... It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." Most of what can be found on the nightly news is nothing but advertisements selling more government and a false reality that benefits only those in control. Television is the dictator of information; newspaper and radio are the whisper campaign of the television's message.
It is expected that Americans will consistently prescribe to the doctrine of the television. It is subtly communicated that one should stay within the collective and never challenge the message, for doing so may be considered an aggression towards culture. The message is, "Be a good consumer; always obey authority; you know nothing; listen only to experts; be content and never question or express new ideas." This signal is being broadcast across millions of screens, indoctrinating the unconscious minds of those who choose this as their only reality. Self-censorship occurs when these individuals become so deeply indoctrinated that they are afraid to discuss any information outside the paradigm of television-created culture; they police their thoughts to ensure they won't conflict with this culture. Sadly, many people's reality today does not allow any outside information to process, instead it is written off as conspiracy or blatant lies. Our consciousness has been destroyed so much that fiction has become reality. An entire lifestyle of poisonous foods, pharmaceuticals, and fluoridated water are accepted as safe and sold to us at the cost of our health and well being.
Those of the establishment are using the incredibly powerful weapon of mass psychology as a method of controlling the minds of the masses and altering the behavior of individuals. Edward Bernays, a pioneer in the field of public relations in the 20th century, applied Sigmund Freud's theory of psychoanalysis to manipulate the masses by engineering consent. According to Bernays, "If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it." Advertisers and psychologists of the billion dollar culture creation industry manufacture trends through the proliferation of insecurities; and manipulating desires and emotions. These concepts are also employed to control how individuals think about politics, as well as the possibilities and limitations within society. Those wielding power within our streams of mass communication market their plans into each generation as individuals adopt specific ways of thinking and never suspect that all the major events and trends within their lifetime are actually planned by an elite few before they are even born. In our society today, culture is created from the top down. Virtually all forms of culture are created by the ruling class to build a false sense of reality, ensure social compliance, and control the future course of cultural evolution.
Predictive programming is a tool used by the establishment to acclimate the public to new ideas, trends, beliefs, and threats. It is used through television by including certain situations or ideas within the plots of many fictional shows, familiarizing the viewer with these concepts no matter what they may be watching. When similar situations occur or like ideas are circulated in the world we think that these particular things are quite natural for we have unknowingly been made familiar with them through television. By viewing nearly any popular show on television, one can see the same propaganda that will be aired on the nightly news. Propaganda on a wide array of subjects has been interwoven into a great number of television shows. Just a few of these subjects include global warming, vaccinations, torture, terrorism, national security, the militarization of police, and the degradation of the family unit. Through predictive programming, television shapes culture and prevents individuals from asking questions.
Crises are created on a daily basis and broadcast across the airwaves to keep individuals in a state of panic and fear. Whether it be the threat of a pandemic or terrorism, the constant state of crisis has created a form of mental illness as we are slowly acclimated into an age of crisis. By using Hegelian dialectic, the television promotes the problem, guides our reaction, and presents the solution. The problem of terrorism was exclaimed, a strong emotional response was evoked, and it was stated that our rights need be sacrificed in order to protect us from the threat. We've lost personal sovereignty under the guise of terrorism; we're stopped and searched; we're watched by cameras as we go about our lives; and we're encouraged to spy on our neighbors. We have been trained to accept the life of a prisoner.
America is in a state of enlightened despotism where most individuals live only to satisfy selfish inner desires and remain ignorant of the state of the world around them. In most public places one can find a television transmitting propaganda around the clock ensuring the masses remain focused on trivial matters. From birth we take the world as it’s presented on television. We don't question it and any serious criticism of TV is becoming psychologically impossible in society. Who would suspect getting born into a world where everything around you is a continuous lie? The youth of today are convinced that the experts and personalities on television are the authority of credible information while parents and older generations are foolish with dated ideas. Children are conditioned to disconnect from what is truly important to their well being and instead focus on mindless trivia, sports, celebrity gossip, and buying an array of material things. They invest their psychological worth in fantasy characters on television while ignoring or even scorning individuals contributing to the betterment of humanity. They are discouraged from getting involved in their local community and often lack the ability to think independently or to resist corruption. As their children's minds are molded by television, there is barely a murmur from the public.
For over half a century, our society has lived under this signal of mental programming and conditioning. The message is clear: don't be a leader, don't engage in critical thinking, and don’t care about the people in your life. Until individuals become aware of the current information war, our standard of living and our liberties will continue to be degraded and we will continue to lose communities and meaningful relationships between people. Currently, pockets of resistance are beginning to spring up everywhere as some unplug the signal and regain control of their own thoughts. Informed individuals are canceling their cable and satellite subscriptions and instead spending time with their families and children while participating in meaningful experiences. They are seeking alternative news sources. They are reading about those who weld incredible influence over culture like Edward Bernays, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Charles Galton Darwin, Plato, Bertrand Russell, and Aldous Huxley. However, it is a continuous battle to educate the masses for the television remains our greatest threat to individual sovereignty and the largest obstacle to becoming a truly informed individual. Fortunately, unplugging from the signal is easy. The television can simply be turned off. Through doing so, you may realize nearly our entire world is now a hoax; things once known as truth are fake. We have been trained like dogs to be obedient to our television; our master has had our minds on a tight leash. Let us never forget the truth will not be televised.
What started as an idea, became an addiction. Informing you about what we care about, what we stand for. The roots of it, the present and the future. With almost 300 posts and counting it is hard to resist gathering information and spreading the word. It is great how people from all over the world find their way here without any advertisement. People must be informed and evolve!
Most of our posts are timeless and will (hopefully) be useful to some even within 5 years and beyond that. That is why I am having a spring clean-up. Replacing dead images and links. Adding loads of new labels to guide you to things that might interest you. The idea behind this mother-load of labels is that you might bump into something new within your interest without knowing it was there. (Duh)
Anyway, work in progress!
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Well, sorta new, they switched from smartmedia to SD cards.
The rest of the machine stays practically the same.
STILL major change if you ask me!
The addition of convenient SD/SDHC card storage allows up to 32 GB (mine is now only 128mb) of sound, pattern, song and sample data to be saved on an individual card. This enables an entire live show's worth of data to be saved on a single card.
This one is for our French friends! Luckily our scene isn't at that point yet here..
Keep Faith in da Free Party !
Depuis huit ans que la free party a débarqué en France, nos vies en ont été changées. Mais des ombres planent sur le mouvement (déchets, violence, répression, "fuck attitude", découragement...). Il y a toujours de bonnes frees, l'énergie est toujours là. La plus grande force de la free c'est d'être ouverte à tous !
Cessons d'accuser les autres (état, Ka�ra, nouveaux venus) et prenons la destin de la free en main. Nous sommes bien assez nombreux pour changer les choses. AGISSONS !!!
Let's build the Future Now !
Installer un chill out à chaque teuf , diversifier les styles de musique (house, drum'n'bass, speedcore, indus...)
créer une coopérative de production et de distribution de disques pour une vraie alternative au système.
Installons des poubelles au début de la teuf ! Louons des bennes dans les teknivals pour enlever les déchets, distribuer des sacs plastiques, utiliser le système des consignes pour les bouteilles, nettoyer régulièrement en donnant l'exemple, ca sera moins dur à la fin. Offrir une bière en l'échange d'un sac poubelle plein...
En achetant un timbre fiscal pour débit de boisson disponible dans tous les tabacs, on a ensuite 2 semaines pour régulariser et les flics ne peuvent rien dire.
Préparer une feuille avec une liste de white labels au cas où la sacem débarque.
Développer le video-activisme et prendre des photos pour témoigner des bavures des forces de l'ordre.
Squatter les terrains militaires : la police n'a pas le droit de pénétrer, et les militaires n'ont pas le droit d'arrêter les civils ! Faisons des teufs à l'étranger, l'ambiance est fantastique.
Welcome back on are tour trough Mutonia. If you missed part one you can find it in our archives on your right. By juxtaposing old aeroplanes, old cars or pieces such as a VW beetle shell, washing machines, motorbikes, parts from an old railway and many more so called garbage, Robin Mutoid mutated the Australian Outback.
The year after the 'Dream Catcher' was born a new sculpture was created under the name of 'Spinning Car'. Take a wild guess..
The next winter the Time Tree popped out of the desert sand.
But it gets better, one of the main pieces in this recycladelic diaspora is Dotty the Dingo. Using a huge water tank, which was used in the past to refill steam trains, as a body. And a rusty old Chrystler who got a second life as a dingo head. It is so big that it can be seen from miles away. Travellers passing by from all wind directions are attracted by this giant, because it is nearly impossible to ignore. Locals named it 'Big Dog' and since then it goes by that name.
By time the park keeps growing, become more popular over time. Since his first visit in 1997 during his travel to protest against uranium mining the park has been evolving. Every year Robin Mutoid returns to the Outback.