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When Anarchist Performance Art takes the guise of a humble Ice Cream Truck, I can't help but think that money spent funding the arts is money well spent.
posted by Dillonlikescookies (17 comments total)

 
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posted by Dillonlikescookies at 7:42 AM on April 19, 2006


Cool Post!
posted by jrb223 at 8:02 AM on April 19, 2006


From the main link: "a chance encounter with the TICU will feel like being chocolate-dipped in a sea of sugarcoated doubt"

heh.
posted by handee at 8:20 AM on April 19, 2006


Those who can, do. Those who cannot, apply for grants.
posted by slatternus at 8:55 AM on April 19, 2006


Meanwhile, somewhere in the UK, the KLF readies its lawsuit.
posted by dw at 9:34 AM on April 19, 2006


Why all the fascist red-and-black?
Can't the left have some pleasing visuals of its own?
posted by penciltopper at 9:34 AM on April 19, 2006


Flowers, butterflies and rainbows were, I believe, tried back in the 60's and 70's, but failed to impart that sense of ideologically muscular Oooomph required of revolutionary movements. Since then the left seems to have settled for ironic postmodern visual puns - because like, none of the stupid consumer monkees will get it man.

Seriously, the last time these sorts of anarcho-collegiate stunts were hip, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were the hottest couple on TV.
posted by slatternus at 9:50 AM on April 19, 2006


penciltopper -

Believe me, when an anarchist sees the red and black, fasicsm is the last thing that comes to mind.

Black has long been the color of anarchism. The combination of red and black began was subseqently used by the anarcho-syndicalists to symbolize their shared ideals of socialism and anarchism. While other color combinations exist to symbolize different aspects of anarchist politics (e.g. the pink and black of the anarcho-queers) the red and black is by far the most common, and is now frequently used even by those who are not anarcho-syndicalists.

More about anarchist symbolism on wikipedia.
posted by sfslim at 10:29 AM on April 19, 2006


Black has long been the color of anarchism.

Indeed, CNT was using a red and black flag before the rise of fascism.
posted by Jairus at 10:38 AM on April 19, 2006


You can't go wrong with humour and free ice cream. Brilliant idea. Capitalist camouflage, too.
posted by QIbHom at 10:56 AM on April 19, 2006


More power to 'em, if they make something useful out of this.
posted by davejay at 11:35 AM on April 19, 2006


The Tactical Ice Cream Unit came through Chicago last year as part of the Select Media Festival, which seemed to celebrate alternately it's new home on the South Side as well as the gentrification it was furthering. The TICU was one of the few community outreach programs that everyone really dug (cause how can you not-dig ice cream?) as a lot of the festival's "City of the Future/Neighborhood of the Future" shtick felt like a back-handed pat on the back.

This is my favorite type of political/performance art, and I hope they come back soon. I wish more government funding was spent on super bomb pops.
posted by elr at 12:41 PM on April 19, 2006


Unfortunately, kids don't come equipped with the weapons necessary to dismiss the misty half-thought that is anarchism.

But it's pretty funny.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:43 PM on April 19, 2006


Unfortunately, kids don't come equipped with the weapons necessary to dismiss the misty half-thought that is anarchism.

Funny, I feel the same way about laissez-faire capitalism.
posted by Jairus at 1:49 PM on April 19, 2006


Let's do both!
posted by sonofsamiam at 2:26 PM on April 19, 2006


Let's do both!

*weeps*
posted by Jairus at 4:53 PM on April 19, 2006


The Ultimate Fighting Anarchist
posted by homunculus at 12:10 AM on April 23, 2006


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