protest

Inflatable Cobblestones

On the 25th revolutionary 1st of May demonstration in Berlin-Kreuzberg in 2012, protesters were throwing huge inflatable cobblestones, made of silver-reflective foil and tape. The creative intervention meant as a celebration of an object which is both a symbol and a material weapon of anti-authoritarian struggle everywhere. It also aimed to bring new strategies of tactical frivolity into the demonstration.

The campaign was initiated by the art-activist collective »Eclectic Electric Collective« (EEC), an international organised network, consisting of artists, activists and other interested people, with a base in Berlin. The collective now operates under the name Tools for Action.

Photo: inflatable cobblestone during the General Strike in Barcelona 2012. © Oriana Eliçabe

Photo: inflatable cobblestone during the General Strike in Barcelona 2012. © Oriana Eliçabe

Die Macht des gewaltlosen Widerstands

»Everyday Rebellion« is a documentary about the power of the peaceful protests and the new forms of civil disobedience in a time of global upheavel. The film by Arman and Arash T. Riahi is currently in production and is expected to be shown at the end of 2013 by ARTE. The accompanying webseries »Creative Resistance« by ARTE Creative presents weekly methods of peaceful protest that are presented by icons of the movements, activists, artists but also by creative users. This week it is about the world-famous detractors of globalization named Yes Men from the United States: Fight like the Yes Men and avoid going to jail! (The website is trilingual German, English and French).