Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — SAYYED DARWEESH

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June 15 — SAYYED DARWEESH
“The People’s Artist.” Egyptian composer, activist

JUNE 15, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Lantern Festival: the dead revisit homes
*St. Vitus Day: Traditional day of revels for welcoming Spring in old Europe.
*Festival of Neon Decadence.

ALSO ON JUNE 15 IN HISTORY…
1215 — British King John & contentious noblemen sign Magna Carta, at Runnymede.
1381 — Radical poll tax protestor Wat Tyler executed, Smithfields, London, England.
1560 — Will Sommers, “Poor Man’s Friend,” court jester to Henry VIII, buried.
1752 — American inventor, revolutionist Ben Franklin flies a kite in a thunderstorm.
1860 — World’s first nursing school established, London, England.
1934 — Hitler and Mussolini meet for the first time, in Venice, Italy.
1954 — Joe McCarthy declares physicist Robert Oppenheimer a security risk.
1966 — End of three days of Dutch Provo rioting, Amsterdam, Holland.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective

THE FIRST FREE BIKES

“SIGNS OF CHANGE” DUTCH PROVO EVENT!
Friday, October 24, 2008, 6-8pm
Premiere screening of Dutch Provo Footage and book release of Richard Kempton’s PROVO: AMSTERDAM’S ANARCHIST REVOLT (Autonomedia, 2008)

This film will be shown in the larger context of Josh MacPhee and Dara Greenwald’s SIGNS OF CHANGE exhibit, a survey of ephemera from social movements ranging from the 1960s til now.

There is a suggested donation of $5.

Check it out here:
http://www.exitart.org/site/pub/exhibition_programs/signs_of_change/index.html

Location:
Exit Art, 475 10th Ave, NYC

Speakers include:
Jordan Zinovich, Lindsay Caplan, and Janna Schoenberger

About the Book:
Provo staged political and cultural interventions into the symbolic and everyday spaces of Holland from 1962-1967. In this first book-length English-language study of their history, Richard Kempton narrates the rise and fall of Provo from early Dutch “happenings” staged in 1962 to the “Death of Provo” in 1967. This is the fourth book Autonomedia has done on
Dutch social movements.

About the Video:
This compilation of Provo footage, newly translated and subtitled by Janna Schoenberger and Dennis de Lange, includes scenes from the early happenings, Dutch political life, and interviews by key members of Provo–including an interview held with Robert Jasper Grootveld on his houseboat in Amsterdam.

About the Speakers:
Jordan Zinovich has been associated with Autonomedia since 1986, and is currently a senior editor. He has been working on Provo for years, and since 1997 has been going repeatedly to Amsterdam to meet with members of Provo. He will discuss the renaissance of Provo going on today.

Lindsay Caplan is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective, and a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on the intersection between art, aesthetics, and social action–an arena in which Provo is an essential and exciting example.

Janna Schoenberger is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She received her master’s degree in Art History from Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she lived for three years. She is currently working as a translator for the upcoming exhibition “In and Out of Amsterdam 1960-1975” at the Museum of Modern Art.