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London: Steve Kurtz benefit w. KODWO ESHUN, SI-CUT.DB

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  • douglas benford
    ART IS NOT TERRORISM: STEVE KURTZ Friday 9 July (7pm onwards) @ The Courtroom, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial St., E1 (020.7247.5102) Tube: Aldgate East Price:
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      ART IS NOT TERRORISM: STEVE KURTZ

      Friday 9 July (7pm onwards)
      @ The Courtroom, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial St., E1 (020.7247.5102)
      Tube: Aldgate East Price: free, but suggested donation of £24

      "When Steve Kurtz rang the paramedics on 11/05/04 because his wife
      was in the spasms of a heart attack, they, upon noticing the lab equipment
      in his home, later notified the FBI. Kurtz was "detained" for being a
      suspected bioterrorist. A founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble,
      he was in the process of creating a piece for MassMoCA's The
      Interventionist exhibition. The work, at that moment in Petri dishes (simple
      bacteria) and test tubes, was intended to be part of Free Range Grains,
      a piece designed to question genetically modified foods. Since then, the
      charges of bioterrorism have been dropped in place of others. Of course,
      it's obvious that any bioterrorist would ring the paramedics with his weapons
      all laid out... All this highlights the problems of the recent American Patriot
      Act. As part of a series of international fund-raisers for the payment of his
      defence, critic and poet Barry Schwabsky (co-editor international reviews,
      Artforum and Kultureflash.net contributing editor), Warren Neidich (visiting
      artist at Goldsmiths from NY) and Anjalika Sagar (artist, UK), with The Arts
      Catalyst and Artsadmin have organised drinks and food (donated by *Story)
      and celeb speakers as well as exclusive footage of Kurtz speaking. Music
      will be provided by SI-CUT.DB and a DJ set by KODWO ESHUN.
      Your support is required!

      NB: so they can accommodate the hordes, please email/RSVP:
      info@... or ring 020.7375.3690."

      best wishes
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