One among 400,000
Sound track by Ruth Catlow and Ouch Those Monkeys
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Anti-War Ring
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This is a personal document of the protest that took place in London, UK on September 28th 2002 to stop the war against Iraq. I am an artist but on this day I was one among 400,000 (or there abouts) protesters. It seems more relevant these days, for me as an artists, to jump in with both feet, to be in the middle of a crowd of human beings when so much of our experience of the world is so passive and mediated by TV and film.

The bias in the British mass news media is not necessarily political but circumstantial, determined by the quality of the medium which lends itself to oversimplification in its presentation of disparate events, causes and personalities. ' The press coverage of the recent Peace March through London indicates that nothing has changed. While John Major's sad indiscrecretions flooded the headlines, a protest march by close to half a million people passed by almost unnoticed. The voice of the people cannot be heard in the press, but on the streets. ' - Penny Rimbaud Independent on Sunday 27th October 2002.

Before this march I had heard no discussion in the mainstream media of the international politics of oil supply or of the long running breaking of UN resolutions by the US and Israeli governments. It was a new experience for me to be surrounded by such a huge crowd of culturally mixed people, witnessing real NEWS. This march also drew together two causes, the protest against the imminent war against Iraq and the plight of the Palestinians and showed how enmeshed our world conflicts are.

This document represents for me a cold bath in the historical and contemporary complexity of human fear, hatred and despair. We are all contaminated by these emotions. Also an awakening to the possibilities of creating alternative historical documents as a kind of anti-propaganda. Too complicated in their presentation of conflicting interests and disparate justifications to stir up the emotions in preparation for misplaced activism. The web browser is the perfect forum for this.

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ruth.catlow@furtherfield.org

 

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