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Mask: Jackie Wang | Baltimore Feminist Reading Group

7 Theses on the Title “7 Cities That Are Playgrounds for the Rich and Terrors for the Poor”

  1. All cities are playgrounds for the rich and terrors for the poor.
  2. Cities are terrors for the rich and playgrounds for the poor.
  3. There are seven cities.
  4. The grounds are for play, and the poor are for the terror of the rich.
  5. Earth is the city where life meets death.
  6. Our city is the seventh city.
  7. Terror is a playground and the poor are rich.

http://youtube.com/user/DeAndreSmithREVO/

http://youtube.com/user/DeAndreSmithREVO is a 2014 sculpture installation by amerikkkan artist DeAndre Smith. The sculpture is individually recreated in one of several different forms each time the viewer requests to see it by entering appropriate search terms into the multinational corporation Google’s popular web search engine. In each Google search he applied a different system of change to each of twenty-four possible combinations of results divided into four types , each containing one of the four basic types of lines Smith used (anti-policing, black liberationist, insurrectionary, and counter-hegemonic). The result is four possible permutations for each of the twenty-four original searches.

Smith has been the subject of hundreds of solo exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world since 1965. For more on DeAndre Smith and his work, we’ve compiled recordings of the artist in conversation with members of the media below.

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I haven’t talked much to either of my parents about their class backgrounds. Both of my parents are from Uganda, and attended university outside of the United States before moving here, where they met in California. From her LinkedIn, I think my mom is from an economically comfortable and large family in Kampala. Most of the family I know is on her side; her mother has (I think) 8 children, of which at least 3 or 4 also immigrated to the US. She earned a law degree from Makerere University. From an email I sent asking, my dad is from a two-family village in the southern part of the country. He wrote: “No power, water, roads, cars etc for the most, but we were some of the better-off families, dad had a bicycle. We also grew coffee, corn, cotton and had a sizable banana plantation; bananas with some vegetables are a stable food in this part of the country.” He went to primary and secondary school, wearing shoes for the first time as a teenager, and left the country when it was headed by Idi Amin in the late ’70s. He was the only black student in the engineering program at the university he eventually attended in the United Kingdom.

In the US, our family (me, my brother, my parents) moved around a bit before settling in Denver, where my brother and I finished middle and high school, my mom attended community and online college to try and get better credentials for a better nursing job, and my dad worked until he was deported, around the end of my first year attending one of the most expensive universities in the country. I was mostly on scholarships; from some rough calculations I did a while ago, of the ~$220,000 cost for 4 years me and my dad paid less than $10,000 (though I left with about $12,000 in loans). I currently live in New York City, am unemployed, and mostly hang out with other twenty-something college graduates who are close to or part of a general cultural elite. My brother went to a public university in Colorado for less than a week before dropping out. He’s living somewhere around LA with my aunt (my dad’s younger sister), last time I checked. He has a fucking great Tumblr.

SEEDING THE TORRENTS OF CHANGE

I.
Angry at the world, you turn to trolling the liberal media establishment on Twitter. There’s a certain kind of solidarity in feeling betrayed, and as you wonder if

II.
I want the contents of my computers to be made public after I die.

III.
NO ONE GIVES A FUCK/EVERYONE GETS FUCKED!!!!!!! cops put down their guns and nightsticks and start recording riot porn to post on their Tumblrs and pro-chaos Instagram accounts, or something? lol.

Chino’s Revolution

A revolutiona
ry movement today must
pursue revolution on a world scale, over
and above the consolidation of a new s
ocial s
ystem in any individual state.
The spread of
global production chains makes any attempt to create a revolutionary society with
in the
bounds of a single state increasingly incoherent. Submerged in a capitalist world market,
and intimately reliant on commodity production from all
corners of the globe, no
state
will be able to develop a
qualitatively
new
society
within its borders a
lone.
The
disastrous
experience of “socialism in one country
demonstrates
that a global
revolutionary transformation can only unfold starting
from
a large
world
region,
and
encompassing
some portion of advanced capitalist
production
.
Today’s rev
olutionari
es
must
certainly
work to
maintain
and expand
rebel territories
that allow for revolutionary
activity
, on whatever scale
. But we must
also
cast aside
the illusion of building
“socialism” within these enclaves
, and
maintain unwavering and critical analysis
of
the
relations of production and reproduction operating
within them
.
Our
strategy
must begin
on the level of trade blocs and hemispheres
.
Today as in the past, a revolutionary movement must pursue a world in which
everyone enjoys control over the means of production. However, this society cannot be
brought about simply by transferring juridical ownership of capitalist enterprises to a
ru
ling party or state, which then purports to represent the proletariat through a correct
political line. Such arrangements preserve capitalist relations of exploitation, thus
generating daily and hourly the capitalist value and social power used to strangle
revolutionary social transformation itself. A revolution can only be
affected
by
a far
-
reaching transformation the social relationships through which masses of people produce
and reproduce human life, day after day. This must be the goal at which revoluti
onaries
aim, and the standard by which we judge the changes
wrought
by mass movements and
ruptures.
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