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#PLAYJAZZ

Tactical Briefing #28.

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Hey you nimble dreamers, wild cats and horizontals out there,

Our Spring offensive is building toward a climactic May uprising… time to come out of winter hibernation and play jazz like we’ve never played it before.

May 1 we leap into the new world with a mighty multinational General Strike. Wherever you are, No Work; No School; No Shopping. No illusions. No apologies. No business as usual. Into The Streets!

May 12, we intensify with three days of global action. Jammers in London, Lisbon, Paris, Marseilles, Helsinki, Cuzco, Barcelona, Quebec are already on board with more on the way. We’ll hold our assemblies, hash out our demands and start building a parallel society that can sustain autonomous, horizontal, revolutionary communities outside of corpo-consumerism … we stop begging and we start creating … we begin the change we want to see.

We scared the G8 away from Chicago and now some occupiers are planning #OCCUPYCAMPDAVID – a cacophonous carnival of tree-sits, lockdowns and nomadic encampments in the woods and nearby Thurmont. Bon Voyage! Others are upping the ante with #OCCUPYCHICAGO – a mobilization of anarchic swarms to shutdown the NATO summit.

#LAUGHRIOT

And then one of the softer aesthetic moments of our Spring offensive could well be the #LAUGHRIOT on May 18, the day the G8 leaders meet in Camp David. There is something totally ludicrous, absurd, even insane about the eight most powerful people in the world deciding to do the people’s business people behind closed doors and razor wire fences. This veneer of legitimacy is our tragedy turned to farce.

As Aristotle observed, to laugh is uniquely human… Imagine the scene: first a few hundred of us, then a few thousand, then millions of people across the world — each in their own way, some individually, some collectively in flash mobs, offices, parks, encampments — all breaking out in uproarious laughter on May 18. This could be a delicious defining moment - the day when the people of the world have a good laugh together and, from that point on, start thinking differently about how the world should be governed.

Then we get ready for our next big challenge: How to Occupy the U.S. Presidential Election on November 6.

Time to play wild, spontaneous jazz as Miles Davis intended,

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ


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Anonymous

You mean smart people like Berny Madoff or the executives at Lehman Brothers?

Are those the smart people you're talking about?

Anonymous

I was compelled to put down some immediate thoughts on the concept of #playjazz

For the eyes of the 99%

Lets improvise a better future.
Jazz/Fun
First reclaim the peoples best-loved hooks - well-known trad's of the past and present.
Main-streetism not Elitism.
Get loose - be ready to step in any direction.
Find new scales. Change the key. Jump tempo.
Remember when you strike out to the new spaces - leave room for the 99% to find their own groove.
Act, don't even try to react, daddy-O.
Stop!
Hold it......
Everybody swap instruments.
Cats need to keep cool, to stay quicker than the Dogs.
Claim all popular plastic motifs and sugared catchy memes as our cultural heratige, favourite it, +1, like it - then quickly subvert it, pervert it.
Mix familiarity with surprise and chaos, initiate direct actions that force people to have fun.
Politicize everything, till its trite - and then claim both the right and the left positions for the 99.
Share everything except your dumb doctrine.
Do not chant what you heard.
Scat about what you have dreamed.
No turgid dogma, please - no sheet music.
Lifestyle politics need to take a back seat, so [with love and respect], commited single-agenda minorities feel free to take a day off - we need everyone of the potential 99% to feel they are down, and included.
We all belong.
Dig?
Jam on what connects us, ditch the tired old...
'We' are always right, 'They' are always stupid.
Everyone will get a solo centerstage, but only if they tap feet - and listen to the joint first.
Dance don't march.
Don't run, skip.
No more boring revolutions, dig?
Never ever refer to the notation - or accept direction, Unless you decide you want to.
Try and befriend a stubborn old square.., or hug an investment banker, or even seduce a police-person.
Try and get 99% of the world thoroughly involved - or at least thoroughly confused.
Keep the 1% informed of their options, - they can get down and join in the #jazzfun jam at anytime.

Some advice for the 1%

It's time to get up off the fat cakes that you piled up,
Quickly, hurry up - share the wealth.
Share what you don't need, with the most needy of the 99%.
Do it directly, close to where you live. No 3rd world guided slum-tours, no charities.
DIY. Do NOT outsource this!
Learn names. Faces. Hear stories.
Meet the folk who struggle to survive in the so-called first world, those who get thrown down and out on the scrapheap.
The angry abused and evicted, the crazed homeless, the bitter freaks who need closure on the whole victim of injustice thing. People who's first tongue is violence.
99% of society is sure to include some seriously damaged goods and suggestible reactionaries.
Rough trade, if you please.
Wild cards - shuffled like razor blades amongst all those passive, heart-felt, hipster-activists, [card-like with their static fixed values and each coded by their predictable suit].
Oh my.
You'd better believe they want to cut loose, get freaky - really, just go wild and crazy, rioting through nights of delicious terror, the modern sacking of Rome. Party with the classy untouchable, uptown crowd.
You dig?
Mr and Mrs Von Moneybags?
We poor people don't need paid off cops or private prisons to protect us from our own mistreated freak-siblings and alienated neighbourhood nihilists,
We just need to sing a tune, pick up a horn or some sticks, listen to each other and jam new from old... transform with creativity.
Improvisation celebrates our story, each and every human flavour, our own rich uniqueness - and so, we can each grow and evolve as a real, appreciated person - of true worth to those who know them, more than an amount of money could ever express.

Q. How do the lifelong rich, or those who wield power and privelige, ever know if people really like them for their personal qualities or true character - or is it just the money and power they are atracted to?
A. They just don't know - best bet is to assume everyone nice is lying to some degree. Even the haters are probably just jealous, right?
Yeah whatever....
Look.
Money is like a powerful solvent. Useful but toxic.
It dissolves the messy relative values that differrent people offer to the communities that they grow in, and help create. As more emphasis is placed on an individuals measurable monetary value, [as a way to define our relative worth as social units], so we strip away the special, us-ness, and the unmeasurable unique values are melted into something we no longer recognise as real self-worth.
The harsh solvent of cash reduces us into standard transferrable units of exchange, stripped of any non-marketable assets, and donning the garments that befit our calculated strata of a society that doesn't even need to know much more than our name.
Price tag exposed, for all to see.
Ah society.
Dig it?
Check out the flip-side, Jack.
Seems you are nothing but a big fat wallet now, and your only worth, is the paper in it..
Until the bubble bursts, then you will stuck trying to find out, how you can make yourself valuable to the people around you.
Stop the lies.
Ditch your wealth.
Money has no real intrinsic value.
Its was only ever a symbol for what you were willing to sell off or rent out to the highest bidder.
But, you can find a purpose, and you can know a meaning beyond the wealth you possess..
People willl stop lying to you. They will stop being jealous of what you owned.
You will know, finally, what people really value about you, you will have found your purpose.
You belong somewhere.
Meet your new family....
All 99% of them.

Anonymous

you know, there is a place we can go where they will, feed us, clothe us and give us shelter... it's called the military... no wait that sounds difficult... never mind.

lee mulcahy, phd

Aspen is safe. The Sheriff and the Chief of Police believe protest=freedom; therefore, consider occupying the Aspen Ideas Festival: #ows occupy aspen for the 4th of July. See speakers below:

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20120408/NEWS/120409886/1077&ParentProfile=1058

Aspen Institute's big three summer events take shape
Intellectual buffet starts with Aspen Environment Forum June 22 through 25
Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
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Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. April, 8 2012 7:41 am
Aspen Institute's big three summer events take shape
Intellectual buffet starts with Aspen Environment Forum June 22 through 25
The Aspen Times

ENLARGE

ENLARGE

ENLARGE

ASPEN — The Aspen Institute is lining up the customary big-name speakers for its big-time public events this summer.

The Aspen Environment Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Security Forum will be held in a five-week period in June and July.

The Aspen Ideas Festival will feature a track of sessions looking at the November presidential election. The debates will feature a “fair number of representatives” from President Obama's administration and his campaign as well as advisers from Mitt Romney's campaign, said Jim Spiegelman, vice president of communications and public affairs at the Aspen Institute. No names have been released from the president's team nor Romney's.

Confirmed speakers for the event include Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen; Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and chairman; Katie Couric, of ABC News; Bob Schieffer, host of CBS News' “Face the Nation”; Colo. Sen. Michael Bennet; and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The Ideas Festival is split into two overlapping four-day sessions June 27 through July 3. It features five general topics. One looks at the condition of the economy and asks, “Is the Crisis Permanent?” Another will feature sessions that explore living in a world of 7 billion people.

The Ideas Festival was created eight years ago and quickly evolved into the institute's “flagship” event in Aspen during the summer. It's presented by the institute and the Atlantic magazine. The event always sells out even at a cost of $2,750 per session. This year, tickets remain only for the second session, June 30 through July 3.

All told, scores of speakers will take the stage at various venues at Aspen Meadows and in town. The intellectual menu is so rich that attendees sometimes must sacrifice a presentation they know will be good for another at the same time that will be even better. Attendees are often listening to a big-name speaker one day and then sharing a seat in the audience with that same person the next. Some presentations will be open to the public during the seven-day event.

Spiegelman said “the variety and the caliber of the speakers” play a big role in making the Aspen Ideas Festival successful.

“It's a variety of things. It's not only the quality of the speakers. We try to take advantage of the environment,” he said.

Lots of similar ideas festivals are held in beautiful environments, Spiegelman said. The Aspen Ideas Festival is different because attendees are encouraged to experience the outdoors, not just view the scenery. It taps into Aspen Idea concept of nurturing the mind, body, spirit.

More on the Aspen Ideas Festival can be found at www.aifestival.org/.

The Aspen Environment Forum is getting switched, again, to a different time of the summer. It will be held June 22-25 to try to take advantage of a busier time in Aspen. The event is entering its fifth year as part of a partnership between the Institute and National Geographic.

The theme this year is, “Living with the New Normal.” Scientific research reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the average temperature in the U.S. has warmed one-half degree in the last decade, said Jennifer Myers, director of public affairs with the Aspen Institute. “What does that mean to us?” Myers asked. The forum will explore numerous topics tied to that question.

“Aspen Environment Forum 2012 will not spend time debating the science, but instead focus the Forum on addressing solutions for adapting to the greatest challenge of our time,” the event's website says.

Speakers include Stewart Brand, co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation; Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Funds; and Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University. Numerous writers and photographers for National Geographic and elsewhere in the environmental field will also present.

The early general forum pass is $1,350. More on the event can be found at www.aspenenvironment.org/.

The Aspen Security Forum returns July 25-28 in partnership with CNN and The New York Times. The newest of the summer events is already known for attracting a “who's who” list of speakers on national security issues.

Speakers this year include William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command; National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander; Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole; and former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

Topics will range on everything from the ongoing involvement of the U.S. in Afghanistan to the situation in Syria and domestic air travel issues. More on the event can be found at http://aspensecurityforum.org/. A general forum pass is $1,500.

[email protected]

lee mulcahy, phd

Aspen is safe. The Sheriff and the Chief of Police believe protest=freedom; therefore, consider occupying the Aspen Ideas Festival: #ows occupy aspen for the 4th of July. See speakers below:

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20120408/NEWS/120409886/1077&ParentProfile=1058

Aspen Institute's big three summer events take shape
Intellectual buffet starts with Aspen Environment Forum June 22 through 25
Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
ARTICLE COMMENTS
Email Print
Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. April, 8 2012 7:41 am
Aspen Institute's big three summer events take shape
Intellectual buffet starts with Aspen Environment Forum June 22 through 25
The Aspen Times

ENLARGE

ENLARGE

ENLARGE

ASPEN — The Aspen Institute is lining up the customary big-name speakers for its big-time public events this summer.

The Aspen Environment Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Security Forum will be held in a five-week period in June and July.

The Aspen Ideas Festival will feature a track of sessions looking at the November presidential election. The debates will feature a “fair number of representatives” from President Obama's administration and his campaign as well as advisers from Mitt Romney's campaign, said Jim Spiegelman, vice president of communications and public affairs at the Aspen Institute. No names have been released from the president's team nor Romney's.

Confirmed speakers for the event include Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak; former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen; Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and chairman; Katie Couric, of ABC News; Bob Schieffer, host of CBS News' “Face the Nation”; Colo. Sen. Michael Bennet; and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The Ideas Festival is split into two overlapping four-day sessions June 27 through July 3. It features five general topics. One looks at the condition of the economy and asks, “Is the Crisis Permanent?” Another will feature sessions that explore living in a world of 7 billion people.

The Ideas Festival was created eight years ago and quickly evolved into the institute's “flagship” event in Aspen during the summer. It's presented by the institute and the Atlantic magazine. The event always sells out even at a cost of $2,750 per session. This year, tickets remain only for the second session, June 30 through July 3.

All told, scores of speakers will take the stage at various venues at Aspen Meadows and in town. The intellectual menu is so rich that attendees sometimes must sacrifice a presentation they know will be good for another at the same time that will be even better. Attendees are often listening to a big-name speaker one day and then sharing a seat in the audience with that same person the next. Some presentations will be open to the public during the seven-day event.

Spiegelman said “the variety and the caliber of the speakers” play a big role in making the Aspen Ideas Festival successful.

“It's a variety of things. It's not only the quality of the speakers. We try to take advantage of the environment,” he said.

Lots of similar ideas festivals are held in beautiful environments, Spiegelman said. The Aspen Ideas Festival is different because attendees are encouraged to experience the outdoors, not just view the scenery. It taps into Aspen Idea concept of nurturing the mind, body, spirit.

More on the Aspen Ideas Festival can be found at www.aifestival.org/.

The Aspen Environment Forum is getting switched, again, to a different time of the summer. It will be held June 22-25 to try to take advantage of a busier time in Aspen. The event is entering its fifth year as part of a partnership between the Institute and National Geographic.

The theme this year is, “Living with the New Normal.” Scientific research reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the average temperature in the U.S. has warmed one-half degree in the last decade, said Jennifer Myers, director of public affairs with the Aspen Institute. “What does that mean to us?” Myers asked. The forum will explore numerous topics tied to that question.

“Aspen Environment Forum 2012 will not spend time debating the science, but instead focus the Forum on addressing solutions for adapting to the greatest challenge of our time,” the event's website says.

Speakers include Stewart Brand, co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation; Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Funds; and Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University. Numerous writers and photographers for National Geographic and elsewhere in the environmental field will also present.

The early general forum pass is $1,350. More on the event can be found at www.aspenenvironment.org/.

The Aspen Security Forum returns July 25-28 in partnership with CNN and The New York Times. The newest of the summer events is already known for attracting a “who's who” list of speakers on national security issues.

Speakers this year include William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command; National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander; Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole; and former CIA Director Michael Hayden.

Topics will range on everything from the ongoing involvement of the U.S. in Afghanistan to the situation in Syria and domestic air travel issues. More on the event can be found at http://aspensecurityforum.org/. A general forum pass is $1,500.

[email protected]

The Anonymous 1

Here’s a culture jamming tactic: absurdist idiotic enjoyment.
Get two or three people with good, and I mean good, acting skills to go to a Wal-Mart or some such shop. In the Wal-Mart they will act out the idiotic enjoyment of products that is portrayed in adversiting. "Idiotic enjoyment' is a term that Slavoj Zizek uses to refer to the unreal emotions that actors play out in advertising to confer their pleasure in the product: the cheesy and overdone, and inded idiotic, "isn't this product just so wonderful" enjoyment that real everyday people would never enact (at least I hope not!).
The culture-jammed idiotic enjoyment that the culture jammers should play out is this: get a product in the shop isles and act out an idiotic enjoyment scene over product X and then literally replay the scene four or five times as if someone had pressed the rewind button and played out the scene again. My guess is that as short a scene as possible is better. This will hopefully highlight the absurdity of idiotic enjoyment to the bystanders who are doing their shopping. Would they call security to kick someone out who is showing appreciation (albeit overly exaggerated) of the products they are selling?

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