Wall Street is ALL (!) Streets

Date: 8/22/2011, ~11 am. Location: Wall Street, New York, NY
Performer: Bold Jez

[Text]
I want you to turn to that alarm clock next to your head and BREAK the snooze! Now look at your Hands! These are Your Hands. I want you to recognize that these are Your Hands, which have been oh so gradually alienated from your own bodies. These are the Hands that move the Market. And these are like those hands that have taken our streets and claimed them for their private property.

WALL STREET IS ALL STREETS.
ALL STREETS ARE WALL STREET.
And whose streets are ALL STREETS? OUR STREETS.
So whose street is WALL STREET? Our street.

We are here RIGHT NOW. It’s time to kill the Protestor inside your head who says, I’m tired – the one who says: …we have done enough…i’m tired…I’m ready to take off my shoes… But the SHOES don’t come off before the GLOVES!

you don’t want to be sleeping when the rEvolution comes.
you don’t want to be looking for your Hands when the rEvolution comes.
you don’t want to find out that you can’t see them because you’re sleeping, because you’re in happee dreamee land.

We’re here to humanize the market. We’re here to overpopulate this system. We’re here to falsify their currency.

So many of us have learned too much from this life, learned to fear our own dreams. The truth is, this is all just a dream. We are dreaming it together.

TELL WALL STREET!

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2 responses to “Wall Street is ALL (!) Streets

  1. Dan Anderson

    I really hate this.

    Is this really representative of the kind of message that will be resonating on September 17th?

    “you don’t want to be sleeping when the rEvolution comes.
    you don’t want to be looking for your Hands when the rEvolution comes.
    you don’t want to find out that you can’t see them because you’re sleeping, because you’re in happee dreamee land.”

    This part is really messed up.

    You aren’t inspiring anyone. Only alienating.

    Are you consciously alluding to conflicts, like in Rwanda, where the opposition is killed or the hands of their supporters are chopped off?

    If you aren’t, maybe you shouldn’t wrap your message so heavily in metaphor unless those metaphors brings clarity.

    What the shit. fuck.

    • While I’m as horrified as anyone at the terrible acts perpetrated on the political victims in Rwanda and anywhere else that may have experienced a similar tradition of violence, I cannot say I’m surprised that it happens (i.e. it SHOULDN’T happen, but it does). The hand is a powerful locus of not only explicit but implicit autonomy. In this case, I am referring to it mostly in the implicit sense and through the idea of lucid dreaming, wherein being able to look at one’s hands and to find one’s hands can awaken the dreamer within the dream. So if I fail to understand why you presumed I meant actual, physical, violent removal of hands in this case, maybe you will understand now.

      I don’t deny that clarity is important in all forms of art, but you need to consider that being clear does not mean being reductive or simplistic or obvious. To contemplate rich concepts requires a mind that can stretch beyond this idea of clarity – and CONTEXT, which I feel was adequately set up as being within a or within the dream in this case, is key to grasping my meaning.

      In solidarity for greater understanding through art.

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