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MARK WHEATLEY, RACIST POLITICIANS & THE CITY OF LONDON USING PRIDE TO PROVIDE ITSELF WITH A FIG-LEAF OF RESPECTABILITY

The shameless opportunists at the richest and least democratic local authority in the UK AKA The City of London Corporation like to promote themselves as everyone’s friend, while endless stabbing those who aren’t ‘high net worth individuals’ in the back via their lobbying for ‘market liberalisations‘ that benefit the rich and rob the poor. To further this crooked agenda the City of London is now jumping on the Pride bandwagon:

The thousand-year-old City of London Corporation has announced plans to march at Pride for the first time.

The obscure-but-powerful organisation, which dates back to at least 1067, has governed inside the City of London’s Square Mile for centuries – and now governs much of the city’s businesses.

However, apparently being roughly a millennium old and bound by a string of archaic traditions does not prevent the body from being inclusive.

It was announced this week that “around 50 elected Members and staff” from the governing body will take part in this year’s Pride in London march on July 7, along with students from the City of London’s schools and academies.

Representatives from the City of London Police and the City Corporation’s staff networks will also join.

Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: “City Pride, the City Corporation’s LGBT+ Staff Network, put forward the idea to take part in Pride this year.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to get involved in this celebratory and colourful event that reminds everyone of the importance of inclusivity, diversity and acceptance…

…This year’s Pride in London parade has been rocked by controversy.

LGBT charity Stonewall has vowed to boycott the event after a fall-out with organisers – the first time in decades the group will have no presence at the city’s Pride celebrations.

Stonewall accused Pride organisers of failing to take concerns about race and diversity seriously.

950-year-old City of London Corporation to march at Pride for the first time by Nick Duffy, Pink News, 31st May 2018.

Those criticising Pride for ‘failing to take concerns about race and diversity seriously’ are likely to be less than impressed by some of the City of London politicians promoting the event, and in particular the councillor for Dowgate ward Mark Wheatley – who on 1 June 2018 Tweeted a link to City Matters news coverage of the Corporation and Pride, with the comment: “Proud to be able to join the celebrations in July.’

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Last month Wheatley was the subject of negative news coverage that unfortunately failed to fully investigate both him and the political aims of the controversial Guildhall event he participated in:

The staging of an event intended to establish post-Brexit links with a senior far-right politician from Italy’s incoming government, and which was attended by business and political figures including Nigel Farage, has provoked a row within the City of London Corporation.

Organisers of the working lunch for Armando Siri, a senator for Italy’s League party, have been criticised for “rolling out the red carpet for the far right” at the event inside the City’s historic Guildhall…

Moves are also under way to review how council property is used after one of the City’s guilds, or “livery companies”, booked the premises used.

Those who listened to Siri’s presentation included investment fund managers, financial figures and political representatives. Among them was Elizabeth Green, a former marketing and public relations executive and one of the frontrunners in an upcoming election for sheriff of the City of London…

Mark Wheatley, a Brexit-supporting City of London councillor who facilitated the event, declined to comment.

Mark Wheatley (@MarkinDowgate) With a great group of business, political City and Livery people in Guildhall for Senator @armandosiri pic.twitter.com/jCQoebHzNe May 21, 2018

City row after Guildhall is used to host Italian far-right politician by Ben Quinn, The Guardian, 22 May 2018.

In this post we will focus on Wheatley’s hard right conservative politics – which have many parallels with Siri’s ideology, despite the former being a member of the Conservative party rather than The League – so we won’t go into the curious political agenda behind the Guildhall meeting in any detail here. For now we’ll restrict ourselves to saying that Wheatley sits on the ‘advisory council’ of Select Milano alongside a second City of London councillor Michael Mainelli, and Ian Bonny of The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (the organisation that appears to have hosted Siri’s Guildhall bash). Select Milano aims to outflank Paris and Frankfurt and make Milan the financial hub of the Eurozone in a post-Brexit world, either as a junior partner to the City of London, or its proxy. Wheatley doesn’t have anything like Mainelli’s status within the City and so his role in Select Milano looks like it is considerably less significant than that of this Anglo-Italian free market lobbyist. None of this was even touched on in The Guardian piece cited above or any other press coverage we saw of the scandal.

Anyone who scans through Wheatley’s Twitter profile will soon stumble upon a number of extremely offensive ‘political’ posts which are mashed up between family photos and links to kitsch pop hits of yesteryear. For example, on 18 February 2015, Wheatley posted a photograph of a monkey holding a chicken and captioned it: “Joe Biden?” At the time Biden was vice president to Barack Obama and it isn’t difficult to figure out which animal is supposed to be associated with which man. Incidentally such racist tropes can be traced back to anti-Catholic propaganda produced in Grub Street, which lies outside the City of London wall but that is currently included in the Corporation’s administrative area. It was the Irish who were initially portrayed as monkeys by the City’s bigoted protestant propagandists whose slurs were used to justify the massacres committed in England’s first colony by Cromwell and others.

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Wheatley has a predictable line in baiting people currently fighting racism and reaction by claiming the real anti-fascists were those in the armed forces who fought against the Nazis. This kind of rhetoric is common among British right-wing extremists who wish to brush off charges of fascism. Since Nazism is only one among quite a number of competing fascist ideologies, fighting Nazism does not in itself prove one is not a fascist. From the 1920s to the present day there have been fascists who have opposed Nazism with variant far-Right ideologies.

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Like classical fascists, the nouvelle droite and the more recent alt-right, Wheatley seems to like synthesising elements of the left and right but always on the terrain of the hard right. As long ago as the 1960s, figures such as Alain de Benoist, were developing ‘pro-LGBT’ and ‘anti-colonial’ fascist ideologies, which supported indigenous struggles around the world but were always most concerned with defending a mythical white European identity. Ultimately race is not real but is experienced as real because of racism: on the basis of his Twitter posts we can safely conclude this insight has evaded Wheatley. He is however willing to mobilise material critical of Nazism to defend today’s fascists. On 18 August 2017, Wheatley posted a picture of an English translation ofMendelssohn is on the Roof by Jiri Weil and said: “…this book is fabulous. It begins with Nazis removing a statue. #Charlottesville #america”.

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In short, Wheatley uses Weil’s novel about the Nazi occupation of Prague to compare anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville to Nazis. This is what Wikipedia has to say about Charlottesville:

The Unite the Right rally, also known as the Charlottesville rally, Charlottesville riots, or A12, was a far-right rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, from August 11 to 12, 2017. Its stated goal was to oppose the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. Organizer Nathan Damigo said the rally was intended to unify the white nationalist movement in the United States. Protesters included white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and various militias. Some of the marchers chanted racist and antisemitic slogans, carried semi-automatic rifles, swastikas, Confederate battle flags, and anti-Muslim and antisemitic banners… On the morning of August 12, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, stating that public safety could not be safeguarded without additional powers. Within an hour, the Virginia State Police declared the assembly to be unlawful. At around 1:45 p.m., a man linked to white-supremacist groups rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) away from the rally site, killing one person and injuring 19. The alleged perpetrator, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the attack as domestic terrorism, and authorities began a civil rights investigation to determine if the driver will be tried under hate crime statutes.

On 2 September 2016, Wheatley posted about wanting to persuade his wife and daughter to allow him to call his son Xenophon. One doesn’t have to share Wheatley’s love of schoolbook level classical culture to know Xenophon was a student of Socrates associated with right-wing views and the favouring of oligarchy over democracy. Wheatley represents an undemocratic business vote ward in the City of London, so his publicly expressed desire to call his son Xenophon is unsurprising.

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Given the anti-regulation mania of the City of London, many of its councillors are likely to share Wheatley’s taste for the nutty right-winger Ayn Rand, but most would probably refrain from posting a quote by this zealot on Twitter as the Dowgate councillor did on 24 November 2017. Wikipedia’s entry on Rand currently states that during appearances at the Ford Hall Forum: “she often took controversial stances on political and social issues of the day. These included supporting abortion rights, opposing the Vietnam War and the military draft (but condemning many draft dodgers as “bums”), supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 against a coalition of Arab nations as “civilized men fighting savages”, saying European colonists had the right to develop land taken from American Indians, and calling homosexuality “immoral” and “disgusting”, while also advocating the repeal of all laws about it. She also endorsed several Republican candidates for President of the United States, most strongly Barry Goldwater in 1964….”

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Addressing Rand’s critical reception, Wikipedia notes: “On the 100th anniversary of Rand’s birth in 2005, Edward Rothstein, writing for The New York Times, referred to her fictional writing as quaint utopian ‘retro fantasy’ and programmatic neo-Romanticism of the misunderstood artist while criticizing her characters’ ‘isolated rejection of democratic society’. In 2007, book critic Leslie Clark described her fiction as ‘romance novels with a patina of pseudo-philosophy’.

Returning to Wheatley’s peculiar ‘anti-racism’, his tweet on 2 April 2018 – the day of Winnie Mandela’s death – revives memories of the way the Federation of Conservative Students baited anti-apartheid campaigners in the early 1980s with the slogan ‘Hang Nelson Mandela’. Wheatley’s update runs: “This (Dave Allen) joke did more to defeat #apartheid than all the horror of #winniemandela. It was not crushed by violence but fell through Western public opinion.” This is a classic example of a racist trope since it suggests the victims of racism were the victimisers, an inversion that was a key element of Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda. It was apartheid regimes that were violent and not those who opposed them. Likewise to suggest Western public opinion rather than ongoing liberation struggles led to the end of apartheid is not only untrue, it smacks of a postcolonial ‘white man’s burden’.

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Born on 4 June 1966, Wheatley is just old enough to have belonged to the Federation of Conservative Students before it was disbanded in 1986 because its extremism was an embarrassment to the Conservative Party. Wheatley may or may not have been a member of the Federation of Conservative Students, but his views reflect positions held at times by both its libertarian and authoritarian factions. While it comes as no surprise that Wheatley should achieve public office in the anti-democratic and oligarchical City of London, Pride really shouldn’t be accepting support from divisive figures like him or the undemocratic local authority with whom he is a councillor.

Pippa Henslowe.

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Mark Raymond Peter Henry Delano Wheatley, Dowgate councillor and director of Parkwell Management Consultants. Was it Bob Hope’s love of the military that two years ago led Wheatley to move to the street in Eltham where this ‘entertainer’ was born in 1903? Tom Dyckhoff writing a Guardian property feature on Eltham on 22 November 2008 said Bob Hope: “thought enough of the place to help save the theatre (renamed in his honour) in the 80s. In fact, the burb’s seen more than its fair share of celebrity: Frankie Howerd, Boy George, Denis Healey, Jude Law, Louise Redknapp and Kate Bush have all passed through. It’s practically London’s Beverly Hills. The case against The shadow of Stephen Lawrence’s murder still hangs heavy. Don’t come here expecting cosmopolitan London. Watch for chronic rat runs.”

Notes.

950-year-old City of London Corporation to march at Pride for the first time by Nick Duffy: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/31/950-year-old-city-of-london-corporation-pride/

Mark Wheatley’s Twitter feed at Internet Archive:https://web.archive.org/web/20180604120509/https:/twitter.com/MarkinDowgate/

City row after Guildhall is used to host Italian far-right politician by Ben Quinn:https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/22/city-row-guildhall-used-host-italian-far-right-politician

Wikipedia on Charlottesville: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally

Wikipedia on Ayn Rand: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand

Let’s Move To… Eltham, South East London by Tom Dyckhoff:https://www.theguardian.com/money/2008/nov/22/move-to-eltham-london

Councillors cry foul over party politics in Guildhall by Jo Davy:https://www.citymatters.london/city-councillors-cry-foul-party-politics-guildhall/

ÐعŲM委п win again: 3SF “World Cup” 2018 Shut Down

DAMTP capture the 3SF World Cup AGAIN!

You’ve won Redas.
The tournament is OFF.

I’m sorry but I can’t spend more time and money on this absurd situation. I didn’t know what happened in Silkeborg nor Kassel. Nor I was aware of all these problems regarding football and situationism.

If I had knew it, I’d never thought about organizing this.
My apologies to those who bought tickets to Madrid, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful weekend here, even without participating in a sexist and racist tournament.

I won’t reply anymore to mails on the subject.

Best of luck.

Filippo

Il giorno 20 mag 2018, alle ore 10:43, Redas Dirzys ha scritto:

Dear Geoff and all arround,

what I said was  “3SF is different from football just because it has nothing to do with sports as specialization”… and it is different from what Geoff wrote comment of…. sorry

lets make it clear so in the future to have less (secret) grievances

Christopher, with full respect to all your empathy towards such diverse people and great management of things as there were in Kassel, I must say that there was the only thing what was broken and it was done intentionally by one of our allies just because he saw it as accumulation of capital… when at the same time it was a concrete work of our fellow worker/player… but it happens in our (psychopatic) society especially when we are doing things undone before… afterwards we had a sharp and painfull discussion which caused final disband of our community… But Kassel was not as bad as Silkeborg, where many of comrades were seriously injured (I personally know at least 4) and some of them intentionally – so far i know it didn’t happen in Kassell and I treat it as a great atchievement.

And about jokes – it was (and is) just a lighter way to say serious things which we all here intentionally (or not) trying to avoid. There is not enough just declare to fight rasism in such abstract way as fifa does, but the problem persits in structural rasism (we treat fascism and sexism of the same origin) which our comrades (mostly of non-european origin) have pointed as appearent in the tournamental structure of 3SF as well. This and some more of the issues are to be addressed and we are ready to write and to send our clear intentions for Madrid event. We invite everybody arround (who are coming or staying at home) to spend some time and to try to conceive what is really happening with 3SF and what are (y)our intentions to do in common with 3SF (besides winning a trophy).

with best wishes
Redas

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:21:47 PM GMT+3, Geoff Andrews  wrote:

Dear Redas (and all),

I guess no-one ‘owns’ three sided football. With Filippo I’ve been organising Philosophy Football since 1995 and we have played in 21 international tournaments , most of which at least had a broadly progressive aim, for example anti-racism, recognition of anti-fascism and promoting peace and internationalism. In 2010 we played our first three sided football match in London in association with the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Since then we have played in Madrid, Bilbao, Rome, Silkeborg, and Istanbul where we played an impromptu match at midnight on Taksim Square in a break in the protests then taking place. We now play with others in the Luther Blissett League in London. So I don’t think we need lectures on what three sided football is or who ‘owns it’. We are against exploitaton but that also includes mistreatment and disrespect for the organiser who has put time and money into the event. If people want to play a tournament together it is better to have respect for the host, in the spirit of internationalism if nothing else.

PS The idea that it has ‘nothing’ to do with football is a bit bizarre to say the least.

Best wishes

Geoff

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From: Redas Dirzys
Sent: 19 May 2018 14:05
To: Filippo Maria Ricci; Fabian Tompsett
Cc: Margarita Sokolovskaya; Strategic Optimism Football; thomas buesch; Philippe Zerr; Christopher Vogel; owen Proctor-jackson; Özcan Cezan; Maxim Afanasyev; geoff andrews; Ally Clow; ray bradshaw; 3sf info; Greg Morgiel; Jana Astanov
Subject: Re: IMPORTANT

Dear Filippo,

I’ve responded to your request not because of playing in casual football tournament (that i can do at home – there are planty of kind everywhere), but because you invited for the 3 Sided Football event (no difference how it was enlisted: tournament, championship, world cup etc.). Sorry to remind to you that 3SF was born not from football as such, but out of Silkeborg Interpretation as followed from Copenhagen Interpretation and in its essence is all about experimentation. 3SF is different from football just because it has nothing to do with sports as specialization and itself it is a critique of that specialization. So, if you want to organize football tournaments it is better not to use 3SF…

I’ve responded to your request because I know some people from the list of addresses above – SOF is included – they actually were present in majority of events, disputes and  movements where 3SF was involved during the last decade. And i fully agree on SOF arguments that your strict demand for clear affiliation to name, kit and anthem is closer to nationalism than to working class solidarity…

So far we apearently never met in none of those 3SF events in Alytus in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, neither in Silkeborg in 2014, nor in London in 2016, or Kassel in 2017… and probably there were many events i was not even aware of them – Madrid is a case to continue developing of 3SF together instead of trying to canonize it into a stuck structure. Sorry, but 3SF is about playing and including, but not about excluding by calling things you don’t like nonsense or bullshit.

And, of course, I always respected the rules – main rule of 3SF – the ball should be round. Even i loved your idea about burning ball which is still round…. and it fits well with my vision to play 3SF with black hole instead of a ball… or at least to try to do it with a fireball… sorry if it looks like a joke (I was actually warned that you are a person who never even smiles, but I never paid to it too much attention).

What’s about responsibility – its important not to harm any living being, to respect living, dead, productive, non-productive, psychic, reproductive and even destructive labor and not to care about such abstractions as capital (I think it is hardly attainable in casual football), but it is hard to be responsible for somebodies’ imagination … if we should worry of being responsible of it at all?

very bests/redas

and here is my telephone number – hope those numbers will soften the fear of the unknown:
xxxxxx

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, 3:04:56 PM GMT+3, Fabian wrote:

Hi Filippo,

I am very upset that you have sent such a provocative email.

If you do not wish to deal with nonsense, then I would suggest you refrain from producing it yourself.

SOF coaching team:

There is only one quite pressing issue, which has delayed me in responding to you for so many days, namely all players are threatening to take strike action over an unsatisfactorily resolved industrial dispute regarding the production of their shirts.

This is an issue of working class solidarity, and such issues are always serious.

Filippo:

This is a football tournament. We will play football. If you come with other purposes, situationism, strike or other bullshit, please stay at home.

I would be grateful if you would retract this request.
all the best,

Fabian

On 19 May 2018 at 12:29 Filippo Maria Ricci wrote:

Hi,

This is a very important message.
We don’t know each other and after the messages from Redas and from SOF (you find it here, below) received yesterday it’s vital to understand what we’re aiming for in Madrid. I’m worried. If you’re joking, it’s not funny. It you’re serious, back off.

I’m putting a big effort in organizing this, lots of money and lots lots lots of time. I have no sponsor and no one is helping here. The venue (500 euros), the goals (240 euros), the insurance (180 euros), the balls (60 euros), the cup, the permission of the municipality are only some of the things I’m taking care of.

I’m the correspondent of Gazzetta dello Sport in Spain and father of 3: let’s say that I have a few things to do in my life. I had the idea to organize this cause I like 3SF and I’m passionate about it. But I’m not ready to deal with this nonsense.

This is a football tournament. We will play football. If you come with other purposes, situationism, strike or other bullshit, please stay at home.

You can’t take the piss on other teams and people who travel and expect to participate in a nice tournament in an international environment.

This email of SOF is not even signed. I replied asking who wrote it and got no reply. Others have taken ages to reply and someone is still pending. We need respect here, I’m seriously tempted to cancel everything but I don’t want to let other people down.

Please be responsible.

I want a phone contact of those who are coming, specially Redas and this mystery SOF (New Cross are also missing), if I don’t get it before tonight the tournament will be cancelled.

Take care

Filippo

Hi Filippo,

Speaking from the position of the SOF coaching team, I can vouch for our presence. We will stay in central Madrid, in Calle de Barbieri, flying in Thursday eveningand departing Monday. The team shirts are multi-coloured. The team name is SOF (serious organised football).

There is only one quite pressing issue, which has delayed me in responding to you for so many days, namely all players are threatening to take strike action over an unsatisfactorily resolved industrial dispute regarding the production of their shirts. Whilst English law prohibits secondary strike action, as you will no doubt be aware, supporting other workers in their primary action is by now, in many EU countries, considered legal under certain conditions, exceptions being Latvia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (and of course the UK). In Spain its legality has to be established on a case-by-case basis. The team are using this loophole to threaten action and under current law they are unfortunately under no obligation to inform me of their intent to strike prior to the commencement of any action. Therefore it might be wise if you were able to supply 5 stand-in players to take their place, should they refuse to participate.

All the best,

SOF

On 18 May 2018, at 15:52, Redas Dirzys  wrote:

Hi Filippo and all 3SFers,

after banning the non-human-workers (ie oxen team) from the event we at abracadabra had some daubts about our presence in it but finaly we decided to come and face it… especially as Filippo fairly noted – no situationism to be found in Madrid! – we fully agree – the hacienda must be burnt!

so far our team is multiply fractioned’n’merged – we are coming as:

el abra cadáver (5+1 players),
kit colour – burnt letter/(n)umber;
anthem – psykick letter burning ceremony (v. important and solemn ceremony in psykick worker’s materialist spirituality, must be respected).

we got a place to stay and will appear in Av. Plaza de Toros, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid at appointed time.

would be great to know other teams to come – seems not too much of “world”, but anyway we are coming to play exactly for the world (dead human, non-human and more-then-human workers of the world) and not for the cup so the name “world cup” for the event still fits well.

see you all very soon!
the venue – it’s fantastic! thanks, Filippo!

r.///el abra cadáver

On Friday, May 11, 2018, 5:33:40 PM GMT+3, Filippo Maria Ricci  wrote:

Hi all,

I can confirm you that the tournament will be held in the Plaza de Toros of San Sebastián de Los Reyes, a few kms from Madrid. Tube station in front.

This is the place.

See you soon,

Filippo

 

 

SHAME ON TRINITY

248 YEARS – GIVE BACK THE GWEAGAL SPEARS

Today, on the anniversary of the attack on the Gweagal clan by British imperial forces at the first contact with the Aboriginal Australian people, we demand the return of the looted Gweagal spears now held by Trinity College Cambridge

Reclaiming the spear, reactivating this vital moment in history, in one of the most significant spots of bourgeois control in england, this decolonisation, degentrification, reclaiming the commons, is what we are engaged in at this moment.

SHAME ON TRINITY
LIES IN YOUR BOOKS

BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS
LOOT IN YOUR MUSEUMS

ACTIVATE THE GWEAGAL SPEARS

Protest at MAA and Trinity

12pm, Saturday 4th November 2017
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
University of Cambridge, Downing Street, CB2 3DZ

Join us in protest outside the Museum where we will hold a
demonstration, followed by a march to Trinity College. You are
encouraged to bring instruments, loud-hailers and percussion for music, speeches and chanting!

https://www.facebook.com/events/340917359668940/

 

Seminar at Pembroke College

7pm, Tues 31st Oct, 2017
Old Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge CB2 1RF

Attend the seminar at the University to join Rodney Kelley giving a presentation on the Gweagal Spears. Learn about the history of the artefacts held at the MAA and the British Museum as well as the plans for their return and subsequent use as living artefacts to increase the education and emancipation of their original owners.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/104097740347825/

https://antisystemic.org/Gweagal

 

 

 

 

Download flyer here: GweagalVTrinity-4Nov-flyer


Campaign website: http://antisystemic.org/Gweagal

HEX in the Park

HEX in the Park Artists Against Over-Development

Halloween 31st October 2017
When the veil is thinnest between worlds…
Time: 12pm-1.30pm
Place: Finsbury Leisure Centre, 1 Norman Street, EC1V 3PU.

Join us for a cloaked coven procession of 13, perform a ritual hexing and protecting of land and sunlight from the plague of overdevelopment in EC1. Hexing the development sites of St Luke’s Housing Area and The Denizen. Followed by a spell to protect the trees, open-space and sunlight of St Luke’s Gardens and Fortune Park from the darkness of over-development.

DOWNLOAD HEXsocial FLYER

https://www.change.org/p/redesign / https://saveoursunlight.wordpress.com/ https://spectresofmodernism.wordpress.com

Ntae Anteh SMASH WORLD CUP SMASH DOCUMENTA

 

 

After 10 months of discussions by DAMTP, between ABRACADABRA, FIASCo, CLASS/ KLASSE, OKK, POLARIS, NXTPA, Asemic International and others,

communication on the organising was difficult , the organisers of 3sf world cup, Baader Meinhof did not respond to our open letter (http://www.psychogeography.org/open-letter-to-dynamo-windrad/) and consistently refused to engage with dialogue with us on the structure of the festival through either silence or ridicule. they had originally said that accommodation campsite would be provided by them but they withdrew this offer the day after discussions on the DAMTP list about flooding the stadium. unlike previous conferences of DATMP we had no clear funding but the 1person organisations ABRACADABRA and FIASCO managed to fund their respective busses and some assistance with individuals camping and other things was also provided

ABRACADABRA organised a bus from Alytus and FIASCo organised one from London – to converge on Kassel

OKK, POLARIS, most of CLASS and the Asemic International did not make it for various reasons – some political some practical, economic, etc. OKK had been conducting activities in Athens and continue to do so

the discussions could be categorised I think as a split between the art side (abracadabra), political side (okk, polaris and class) and the experimental/ esoteric side (fiasco, nxtpa). no one I am sure would really agree with this contention – and especially the labels – but I think it illustrates the point that I was the sole representative of a pov calling for a political analysuis and program of action.

Anteh-

Situgraphic element

DKP trimension

Worker union

DAMTP member

Artist

Hypergraphy

Time

Reproductive

ABRACADABRA

Athletic

Psychogeography

Space

Psychic

FIASCO, NXTPA

Activist

Metagraphy

Class

Destructive

CLASS, OKK, Asemic International

 

The factions in the discussions which had gone on for nearly a year could be classified as above:

different groups and different individuals were moving from one category to another but mainly the factions continued with their agendas and mainly supported on e another in their differing objectives.

okk, polaris, asemic international – all involved in the discussions from an activist position did not attend – iww and other local activist discussions did not happen.
 

the anteh art faction were focussed on an intervention or situagraphical/ desakalapatragraphicalisation of Ben Patterson’s posthumous instalation

the anteh athletic faction were focussed on the entaglement game
 

while the anteh activist faction wanted to make a critical attack against both world cup and documenta art fayre.

 
 

The relationship to documenta was very different in the 3 factions. The athletic faction did not want to aknowledge documenta or visit it or intervene. The art faction colaborated with the art school and made an event which was part of documenta programme. The polical faction wanted to attack documenta clearly.

 

The shrimp commando had been planned a guerrilla offensive on the very fabric of the buildings of the neu gallery or documenta halle – we were able to get free tickets as we were programmed in documenta by the anteh art faction. However in order to get these free tickerts we would have to furnish the documenta with a list of names – and the art faction decided not to get these free tickets for the other members and factions of damtp. The art faction also did not want to support the shrimp faction and so it was the athletic and activist factions that spearheaded the shrimp commando op[ening of the olfactory offensive.

 

 
 

game as spectacle – art event. the opening of a new front is curtailed at the borders – the frame. the setting of goals – how to change a 2 sided pitch to a 3 sided pitch? Circling – hexing – the square. another problem is going from an 8 sided to a 6 sided configuration – we had this issue on the leyline peak but also at the luther and the avant-garde exhibition as well as the parthenon.

 
the parthenon game, labyrinth game and also the blind ben paterson game were 3sf interventions into documenta instalations. the parthenon game was stopped by the documenta security. allwere auto-recuperated into documenta. the confrontation with security at the parthenon too
 
but a clear critiue of documenta was also presented. the dead non human workers union aka shrimp commando was finally detourned from food (reproductive worker) to destructive worker. the location for this was discussed through the weekend with the neu gallery, freidrichplatz, documenta hall being put forward but in the end drifting around the centre of town the press centre presented itself.we also passed the “luther and the avant garde” exhibition and we discussed whether or not to open the olfactory and other fronts in this point. however we decided to go for the press centre instead…
 

 

NoOneIsIllegal kassel were present at the opening ceremony of the so-called world cup – petitioning supoprt for a mass demonstration in Berlin in september (http://www.welcome-united.org/en/newsletter-5/) we supported their actions at the ceremony and we made our position very clear against the world cup: against nations, against teams, against hierarchical classificaitons. Against a eurocentric organisation – against a world cup . And for\? For creating a new way /s to play together – to come together – to fascilitate us coming together from around the world to continue, share and kearn from our experiments in 3sf.

 

 
Having had 7 out of the 14 teams registered to play we had any number of strategical options open to us. we discussed assisting the refugee team to win and also the mermaids team – being both representative of Women and Black proletarian nations. after all matches on the day all DAMTP teams came,predictably, joint 7th.
 

No One Is Illegal/ no human is illegal>>>>  no border no nation – all inspired the name of one of our temas: No One Is Luther Blissett…. and in the awards ceremony, while abracadabra, mermaids, atlantis and other teams all took part entusiatically i was glad to see that no one went up to receive a trophy when No One Is Luther Blissett team was announced. the next up was KLASSE and i was pushed forward by comrades

so i went up and took the world cup to denounce the awards ceremony and hierarchical classification of participants

i then tossed the world cup to the floor smashing the top. (the cup btw is not the world cup as held in Silkebourg – that has been retained in Silkebourg and goes to show the extent of the capitalisation and nationalisation of cultural capital in this instance). the cup was then repaired before being given to the so-called winners. i had spoken to them the night before and told them that they should not accept the trophy but share victory with everyone. this position was also criticised but in the event the so-called winners (as decided by baader meinhopf) decided to share the crown with another team also from london.

 

Having destroyed the world cup I was happy to help detourne the shrimp into the shrimp commando attack against documenta. A few weeks later their majik seemed to work when the spectacle of documenta started to unwind from the top down. No doubt the work of the comrades in Athens was instrumental in this.

 

In their statement the curators of documenta say they have no political power “as such” because they dont want to really get into how financial, cultural and political power are interwoven as it undermines what seems to be a call for autonomy of art while attempting to simultaneously critique art as a situation or mode of production…

 

now the artists in their statement of support for the curators, have ignored the workers exploitation altogether – at least the curators statement aknowledged that…! artists just went back to that neoliberal myth of progressive art against fascism. maybe that was the point of the politicians and media intervention

to shore up this myth

of art as struggling for its autonomy against capital and fascism

 

borgeois culture is in crisis anyway

like i said before – its not just financial but also moral cultural spiritual etc bankrupt

so at these points the spectacle starts to disintegrate into its constituent elements

poitics, art, finance – once integrated start to break apart

 

Yes. Well this statement seems to me to be a plea for the autonomy of art

not autonomy but maybe status of art

as a superior cultural form … in the time of pop art – art politics finance was integrated spectacle

now its disintegrating

 

Yes. Well in order for art to be political it cant be autonomous

yes i think art has today subsumed some aspects of politics as aesthetics

like walter benjamin said – fascism was aesthetics in politics. And communism responds by politicising art… but rather than communism it is neoliberalism that inherits “political art” ie the aestheticisation of politics…

 
 

 
 
 

The Culture Mile is a branding disaster, give us a democratic kilometre!

If the Culture Mile is supposed to attract international visitors to the City of London as a beacon of the arts, it’s clearly stupid to use imperial rather than metric measurements for this branded name. While one can see that the bureaucrats who chose this designation were trying to invoke the area’s half-forgotten nickname of The Square Mile, such fusty terminology won’t help them ‘half-inch’ renown as a major European cultural destination from elsewhere. Imperial measurements aren’t a part of forward-looking international arts zones, metric ones are!

As a way of trying to get their arts folly rolling, the City of London has announced a Culture Mile design competition called Summer Speculations: “Can you identify spaces and/or opportunities within the Culture Mile where we can bring ‘the inside outside’?” Reclaim EC1 made a number of suggestions for the Culture Mile in a previous post, but here’s another bright idea: given that the City of London is run on a uniquely undemocratic basis that differs from the political system of all other local authorities in the UK, we should install stocks on the Barbican podium and put the aldermen and those common councillors elected on business votes in them – so that they can be pelted with soft fruit. While the City is ‘turning the inside out’, and bringing tourists in from outside, we might as well have the final inversion of turning the world upside down!

If the City of London really wants its north-west corner to become a ‘cultural hub’ then it needs to modernise itself; unaccountable political and financial institutions and a thriving arts scene do not go together. Politically the City remains feudal and resolutely undemocratic. One of the four pillars of the City’s Culture Mile plan is to ‘celebrate history and community’, and there is no better way to do this than give its residents a genuine say in how the place is run! They certainly don’t have this at the moment with business voters from outside the area having an overwhelming influence on the make up of the local council. Establishing democracy in the City would be historic and actually do something positive for the community who live inside its boundaries! The first step towards a genuine local democracy is abolishing the business vote.

Like many residents of Barcelona and elsewhere, local people may well think that more tourism is not necessarily a good thing for their area; and that the City should be trying to reduce rather than increase the number of leisure visitors. Likewise many experience the ‘pop up consultations’ for the Culture Mile project as insulting. Those conducting them appear to know very little about the arts and wrongly assume the residents they’re talking to know even less. As usual with the City of London council, the point of the ‘consultations’ appears to be the rubber-stamping of decisions they’ve already made. If the Corporation actually wanted to hear local opinion holding pseudo-consultations outdoors is not the best way to achieve this, but then the City probably believes this is the most efficient way to secure a stitch-up.

Unity Is Length! Smash the Culture Mile! Give a City banker or lawyer a centimetre and they’ll want an inch! The City’s Cultural Mile actually falls short of its implied length and is closer to a kilometre! But the Corporation is still trying to sell this part of England by the pound and not the kilogram! Are City of London councillors on the square? You be the judge! We’ll be the jury! Together we can bring those holding out against democracy to account!

The final two Culture Mile pop up ‘consultations’ for now are:

Wednesday 16th August, 6pm, meet at Farringdon Station for a two-hour walkabout.
Thursday 24th August, 11am – 6pm, Smithfield Rotunda, Cromwell Place.

More from RECLAIM EC1

Open letter to Dynamo Windrad

 

Dear Fellow Workers,

Thank you for your hospitality in hosting us for the 2nd Worldcup
of 3-sided football

We want to make some points about this event - and some suggestions 
to you on the organisation

the internationalist, progressive and socialist spirit of the 
rosecrucian manifestos published in kassel 400 years ago is today 
evident in a wholly corrupted and reactionary form of the european 
union. coming from london at a time of brexitted degeneration of this 
corrupted dream we  write to you with the benefit of our industrial 
union of psychic,  reproductive and destructive non-workers formed by 
some of those who have been developing the form of 3 sided football 
since the very first time it was publicly played in 1993. 

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ACTIVATE THE GWEAGAL SPEARS

We the living bloodline descendants of the Gweagle Clan of the Dharawal Tribe are at law the rightful owners of all artefacts produced or originating on Gweagle territory or in possession of our ancestors. We do mandate that it is our Will that all artefacts and human remains belonging to, and found on the territories of the Gweagle Clan are returned into the possession of the Gweagle People forthwith.

The lands of the Dharawal Tribe encompass the areas now known as ‘Botany Bay (Kurnell Peninsula) and the southern geographic areas of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Our Dharawal tribal territory spans the areas between the Cooks and Georges River, south to the Port Hacking estuary and westwards towards Liverpool.

According to our law it is culturally and spiritually imperative that artefacts that come from our country, stay on our country, this is according to the ancient Dharawal law which has existed in our land from time immemorial and in fulfilment of our Gweagal ancestors customs and law.

It is our Will and the Will of the Clan that all Gweagle artefacts are kept on Gweagal Country and do not leave the shores of Australia under any circumstances whatsoever without express permission from the Elders of the Gweagle tribe.

All Artefacts currently held MUST be returned.

These artefacts prove that Australia was invaded without permission of the Original People of this land.

 

An account of Cook’s landing in 1770 Passed on through Oral Traditions of the Gweagle Clan of the Dharawal Tribe from the Sydney Region

On the 29th of april 1770 aboriginal people were camped in huts all around kamay botany bay they watched as captain cook and crew sailed into the harbour and drop anchor. on the southern shore of the bay were members of the gweagal who stood there as capt cook with armed marines get closer and closer to the shore until most of them run away leaving 2 brave gweagal warriors

shouting wirra wirra wai and waving there spears against the 30 to 40 men in the 2 boats a reply of we only want water we mean you no harm comes from the boats
the 2 gweagal warriors shouted waving there spears wirra wirra wai

neither groups could understand eachother and
thats the moment when cook shoots at the 2 warriors 1 of them dropping some spears but quickly picking them up again but that didnt scare the warriors they began shouting and waving the spears

again, cook fires another shot this time hitting 1 of the warriors thats when the warrior who was shot retreats back to his hut to get his shield.

when he gets back cook has landed on the shore and the 2 gweagal warriors fire spears at cook and his party cook responds by firing more shots at the warriors and another spear was thrown.

outnumbered by many they were forced to retreat and the shield was dropped leaving cook and his crew to walk the beach freely taking the shield

after throwing some cloth a few strings beads and ribbons into a hut where scared children are hiding
they took forty to fifty spears then returned to the ship to unload the artifacts

capt cook and the Endevour stayed in Kamay botany bay for 8 days collecting plants shooting birds and other animals to take back to England

after that first battle between cook and the Gweagal warriors
cook and his crew were never able to make contact with any aboriginal people

they watched but mostly ignored cook and his crew never getting too close

the story of that day in 1770 and the name of one of the warriors has been passed down generation to generation Amongst the people of Kamay (Botany Bay)

it is the first known battle between europeans and aboriginal people of Australia.

https://www.facebook.com/Gweagalartefacts

Springtime for Heidegger and Philosophy – Winter for Reason and Sense

 

Across the world, Heideggerism has been adapted to local needs such as Alexander Dugin’s Eurasianism or even the strange hybrid of Theocratic-National-Bolshevism which came to power in Iran as Political Islam. However in England it has taken the form of Bourgeois-Christian Heideggerism. This English version may not be the most dangerous manifestation, however it is that which we most directly encounter here. Theresa May has become intoxicated with the “Führer-prinzip”, publicly day-dreaming of a world dominated by a new Anglo-American alliance. Obnoxious as this may be, the American president, at whose heels she snaps, will trump any new miseries she is able to foist upon us. This new form of English Heideggerism is not really philosophical – rather it is German philosophy wrapped in the demagoguery of French politics and finally marketed with the English economic zeal: that of a nation of shop-keepers. So much for “British values”. Despite its anti-intellectualism it is still rooted in existential angst. “Language is language” Heidegger mooted in one of his more “profound” moments. “Brexit means Brexit” echoes the Prime Minister.

https://springtimeforheidegger.wordpress.com