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09 Jul 2007
San Francisco
In 1979, the Dead Kennedy's, Jello Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco. As he campaigned, Biafra wore t-shirts from his opponent Quentin Kopp's previous campaign and at one point vacuumed leaves off the front lawn of another opponent, current U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, to mock her publicity stunt of sweeping streets in downtown San Francisco for a few hours. His platform included unconventional points such as forcing businessmen to wear clown suits within city limits, erecting statues of Dan White all over town, allowing the parks department to sell eggs and tomatoes with which people could pelt them, and a citywide ban on cars,legalizing squatting in vacant, tax-delinquent buildings and requiring police officers to keep their jobs by running for election voted on by the people of the neighborhoods they patrol.

In the upcoming San Francisco mayorial elections, two artists will run for mayor. Chicken John will use his 1975 GMC pickup, which he converted to a zero-emissions vehicle that runs on coffee grounds and walnut shells as his campaign platform, and claims that "more city money goes to the arts, but not the kind of art like the 60-foot-tall fiberglass and stainless-steel structure by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen erected nearly five years ago on San Francisco's waterfront, which he calls an insult to every artist in the city."

If Chicken John is elected mayor of San Francisco, one of his first orders of business will be to hold a raffle so that some lucky person wins the chance to drive a truck smack into the gigantic Claes Oldenberg/Coosje van Bruggen "bow-and-arrow" sculpture that sits on the Embarcadero.

Art + Activism
By Nis RÝmer

In the course of the summer (2007) the Public Picnic project developed with the help of neighbours, friends and people pas...


nowHere, a space where a spot becomes a place.
15 march - 25 may, 2008

nowHere, is a cabinet which invokes a dialogue on re-appropriation of the private and public domain. Through personal tags and geographies (books, movies, music, websites, drawings, mappings, photocopies, art works, ... ) it reads as a 'certain' historical relation between human, space and technology.

bolwerK considers the constructed in-between space of architect C.Kieckens, within the art space, Z33, not as a sub-art space with a curatorial reading; a cabinet as 'museum' but as a space with a personal narrative and a social meaning embedded in a neighborhood. The active use of the space for living, eating, working, sleeping implies that the cabinet is more a 'room of collection', in a live, real-time situation.

During PLACE@SPACE Marthe Van Dessel will post live from Z33, as a guest contributor on Free Soil, to connect, publish and share her discourse
with the virtual open public resources of the net.

The the conceptualization of the space as 'ongoing', work-in-progress externalizes the precarity of information, issues of copyright, authorship, knowledge production and hierarchical information networks.
Link of the Week:  
Interview with Fritz Haeg by Nato Thompson

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