Filed under: Creative Activism, Political Pranks
Here are two humorous alternative protests reported by James David on Groundswell, a blog dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism:
June 5, 2008:
Tony Mullin uses green screen technology to circumvent the Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005, which prohibits anyone staging spontaneous protests within a 1km radius of Westminster’s Houses of Parliament.
Blank placards can be carried during the video-taped event, overlaid with poster designs and slogans, and uploaded to YouTube (or otherwise distributed.) About a year ago, he led a group of volunteers on a walk through the exclusion zone carrying blank green placards. In essence, anyone with the means can add their message to the footage.
June 12, 2008:
This April Fool’s Day, the Boston Society of Spontaneity held a protest against protests. Posing as radical members of a fake political action committee called Citizens Against Protests, Rallies, & Expression (C.A.P.E.R. for short) the group held a protest in a spot locally known for protests – Harvard Square.