[hardcore] Fw: URGENT call for support of artistic and academic
freedom of expression!
dominator at kosmoplovci.net
Fri Jun 11 13:01:48 EDT 2004
[da vidimo, ko je jos terorista? ;)) /d]
>Dear friends, artists, and friends of artists,
>An artist is being held on undisclosed charges:
>"On May 30, members of the performance art collective Critical Art
>Ensemble were subpoenaed by the FBI. The FBI is planning to indict Steve
>Kurtz, a member of CAE before a grand jury on June 15, on unknown charges.
>CAE is under investigation for their use of scientific equipment to
>produce art projects that question the relationship between commerce,
>politics and biotechnology. Critical Art Ensemble have been producing
>performances and theory that merge political realities with technology and
>theater since 1987. Thus far seven subpoenas have been issued to: Adele
>Henderson, Chair of the Art Department at UB; Andrew Johnson, Professor of
>Art at UB; Paul Vanouse, Professor of Art at UB; Beatriz da Costa,
>Professor of Art at UCI; Steven Barnes, FSU; Dorian Burr and Beverly
>Schlee. Your help is needed to fight the criminalization of their work."
>These developments are not good.
>I encourage you to take a moment to look at this, sign it, and forward it
>New York Foundation for the Arts
>[tel] (212) 366-6900 x262
>[fax] (212) 366-1778
>[e] rpiletic at nyfa.org
>*****NYFA - From Inspiration to Art
>Subject: URGENT call for support of artistic and academic freedom of
>I'm contacting you to spread awareness of a hugely disturbing and
>current of events and to request your invaluable support for protest and
>Artist and Associate Professor (University at Buffalo) Steve Kurtz needs
>your support. Because of his interventionist work with the internationally
>renown Critical Art Ensemble, he has been detained by the FBI, had all his
>current work-in-progress and research material confiscated, and is
>facing a grand jury on June 15 in Buffalo.
>There is a letter of support you can sign that calls for a stop to this
>investigation, and an invitation to protest/demonstrate at the County
>Courthouse on June 15, starting at 9AM. A defense fund website has been
>up with information on the artist andthe grand jury investigation by the
>FBI. The website is updated daily with links to press and other events.
>What is at stake here: freedom of artistic, academic and public
>In this climate of fear and paranoia (certainly not limited to national
>boundaries), we need to stand our ground!
>best regards to all,
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