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“New York Fun Exchange” (aka “Occupy Wall Street”)

Maybe you’ve heard the rumors…September 17…occupy Wall Street…but what is it exactly?  Well, it depends on who you ask; but for some of us artists and cultural creators, it means aesthetically taking back one of the most important public spaces in New York City for the people of New York, for all Americans, and for the fun-loving citizens of the world.

How do we do that?  Well, take a marketplace that, in a post-9/11 world, has been reduced to a boring tourist zone where no one really feels welcome, and open it up to laughter and excitement by making beautiful music/poetry/performances there!  To top it all off, why not invite some real people as well?  (yes real people just like you!)

On September 17, 2011, we are calling for public artists of all varieties to join us – if you can make it or create it in a public space, then we want you there.  We have many activities including spoken word, drum circles, performance pieces, and participatory art planned so far, but all are welcome.

We’re calling it the New York FUN Exchange!  (I almost wish we could call it a “Why Can’t Wall Street (come out and) Play? Fair” but maybe I’m just obsessed with double entendres.) We shall let our glee resound from wall to wall to wall…of the Exchange!

If you would like to coordinate your your own creative adventure with us, please contact DeBored at debordwalk[at]gmail[dot]com with “New York Fun Exchange: Artist” in the subject line.  If you would like to volunteer to help us with our activities, please email DeBored at debordwalk[at]gmail[dot]com with “New York Fun Exchange: Volunteer” in the subject line.

All hands are welcome!  (Also, if you are just waiting around in your room surfing the internet waiting to hear what will actually go down on, maybe just think about coming to find out for yourself.)  Let’s get occupied on Wall Street on September 17!

Make sure you bring your fun-loving puppy too!

Who are these vandals?

Who are these vandals?  Who are these menaces? Who are these outcasts, who have marred the beauty of the beautiful sidewalk by our beautiful fountain in our beautiful park?

Well…let me tell you…

We are the 99%.  We are the remainder in your equation, the one that calculates the markets based only on an optimal outcome — and only optimal to some, the few who control 35% of this country’s wealth.  The few who attack socially-responsible economics as radical-commie-socialism.  The few who attackparticipatory democratic politics as lefty-anarchist-utopianism.  The few of you who as you gather more and more wealth to you, you become fewer and fewer and undermine the source of justified power.

And while you become fewer, we become stronger.  We become more, we become many, we become a movement that is stronger than you can imagine.  And when we come together on Wall Street that day, then there shall be a time for us, the 99%, the crowd, the polis, the People, to truly identify ourselves.  For despite the world’s ever-rushing onwards into oblivion, WE shall make TIME for ourselves.

But there is only enough time before a strength reserved, a strength deferred becomes a strength that is broken and withered.

Will YOU, fellow members of the 99%, answer this call?  Why will YOU #occupyWallStreet?  And WHERE?  As we believe that Wall Street is ALL streets, where will YOU choose to be on September 17?

https://occupywallst.org/
http://takethesquare.net/