100 ARTISTS, 1 VENUE. 1 NIGHT.
9 Areas. 10 Live Spaces. Seated Cinema. Cafe. Smoking Garden.
Performance. Live Art. Music PA`s. Film. Video. Installation. Photography. Painting. Other Media. DJ`s. Performances all night from 8pm.
“ACT ART 8 – CENSORED” on Friday 9th July 2010.
The Islington Metal Works, Angel, Islington, London
Tickets for this event will be available shortly.
About my work in this event:
“Mr. President let me challenge you to face his 1-2”
(A suggestion of nightmare for G. W. Bush)
A neo-fluxus art interference
9.1.2007 – 15.1.2007
Transformed and re-edited anonymous mobil phone records of Saddam Hussein’s execution
“Akçura is an artist who doesn’t keep his views to himself. The execution of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s affected him deeply and he aroused a bit of international interest when he changed the face of the overthrown Iraqi leader lying in the morgue with that of U.S. President George W. Bush. He posted the video on Youtube. Two experimental videos titled “Mr. President let me challenge you to face his,” which show Bush in a provocative way during the execution process of Saddam made it to the most watched videos section of the “Arts and Animations” category rapidly in January. But not for long. The videos were taken off the Web site with claims that the video embraced violence. Akçura said: “It was said that my video included violence. It was virtual, yet the real execution images were displayed to billions of people on TVs everyday hundreds of times.” The artist says that he sent the video to the White House as part of his virtual campaign for justice.
After Youtube blocked his work, the artist posted the video on Google Video. He mentions that they also blocked it after a short period and his reaction is “My search for justice got stuck in virtual censor.”
Turkish Daily News
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Mr. President let me challenge you to face his 1-2 from hakan akcura on Vimeo.
ACT ART 8 – CENSORED
ARTISTS (confirmed so far include):
AINE PHILLIPS & MANUEL VASON
ALLAN STANLEY TAYLOR
BEN CHARLES EDWARDS
BERIVAN SAYICI & PAUL FLORIAN
INBRED HYBRID COLLECTIVE
JUSTIN ALLEN & RACHEL PARRY
KEVIN BRIAN HOWBROOK
MARIANNA & DANIEL O’REILLY
MARTIN THE ROBOT
MOUSE & TOM THE BEAR
NADIA DE CARLO
NICOLA RUBEN MONTINI
OLIVER FROST & MARC MASSIVE
THOMAS JOHN BACON
VES PITTS & JOE JEFFREYS
MAIN STAGE hosted by SCOTTEE
FILM SCREENINGS INCLUDE:
`UNCLE DAVID` starring David Hoyle & Ashley Ryder. Introduced on the night by Ashley Ryder.
`THE TOWN THAT BOARS ME` starring Jodie Harsh, Kelly Osbourne & Sophie Ellis Bexter
PRINCESS JULIA & SCOTTEE
This event addresses CENSORSHIP.
Is CENSORSHIP really appropriate?
Do individuals have the right to say whatever they wish even if this offends someone else?
Does CENSORSHIP have the effect of making art more appealing, more glamorous, and more exciting?
Is it controlling and arrogant to suggest the public needs protecting?
Is CENSORSHIP about what’s morally wrong or obscene, or is it subjective?
CENSORSHIP surrounds us, be it freedom of speech, censorship of art and culture, freedom of expression or removal of media that’s deemed to be harmful, insensitive, objectionable, embarrassing or inconvenient to those in power. Thankfully it’s extremely hard (if not impossible) for those in authority to control our personal choices and forms of expression because in order for us to be controlled we must all think the same way, which of course is never really going to happen.
Curated and produced by Oliver Frost and Marc Massive and now in its 8th year, ACT ART is an underground event that takes place twice year, merging art, fashion, pop and club culture. ACT ART programmes experimental, radical, challenging, non-mainstream work that’s sometimes difficult to watch, or be confronted with, by emerging and established artists working in all media. ACT ART offers a space for those who are willing to take risks, have something to say (be it political, confrontational, beautiful, or ugly and where censorship is not an issue, and aims to bring different people together, brake down social groups, steer away from the cliquey art world and its politics, and make art more accessible and fun whilst still remaining thought provoking.