Shoplifters of the World Unite

It’s been almost a week since the 2012 Creative Time Summit.

The blog takes its title from my Smiths fandom and some tangential references that criss-crossed my internal ticker tape, e.g. Voina‘s shoplifting chickens from the 2011 Creative Time Summit and A.L. Steiner‘s performance at this Summit, that I either didn’t understand or didn’t like (still considering), in which some kisses are stolen also in Russia.

I’ve been mulling it all over.  I’m always so humbled to be in the midst of such great ideas and doers:

– Malkia Cyril‘s presentation shared a quote from Amilcar Cabral — “Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children.”

Zizek contends that there are conditions under which we’d all be ok with capitalism

– The boycott of the proceedings by a couple participants over the Israeli ‘partnership’  and the change of presentation by a few others, most notably Josh McPhee‘s.  Josh shared a few resources on the boycott:

BDS Movement

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

… and so forth.

I’m somehow reminded of a review of the 2010 Summit by Platypus entitled Petrified Unrest that challenged the grammar of the Summit whereas McPhee and Co. challenged its syntax.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I did respond to Creative Time’s open call with my project Lanchonete that I’m now whipping up in São Paulo!

That’s all folks — Todd

P.S. Last week was a busy week.  Thanks Jeff for twisting my arm to go see Morrissey!

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