It’s Tuesday and we heading to NYC. Traffic is dense already 100 miles before the city but basically all the coast has very dense traffic. Approaching the NY can’t be without playing some music from there. Good and bad one. So we listen KRS One and Agnostic Front. You all can guess what good and bad one means! In our car it’s almost clear besides Ramona who is the biggest skinhead of us.
First day in NYC some of us speak in Lower East Side in Manhattan in a space which was originally squat, now it’s called Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces. It has long history, if you want to know more, check it out.
This time the talk was about squatting and it’s perspectives and experiences from different part of the world. Speaking people were from Sweden, Argentina, and 3 people from different places from Slovenia.
The talk was pretty calm and had some nice discussions after, especially when an older women of color started to speak about her experience of Gentrification, pollution leading to cancer all the room just silenced. She took some minutes to express her rage and her worlds were honest hand very strong.
After the event we all drove to Brooklyn where we slept in abandon flat above punk pizzeria.
B’s friend invited us to hang out on the roof of the house where he lives so we spend some ours of already late night there talking about apocalyptic destruction of the city of 12 millions and its probabilities.
I am sorry for the punk way of writing my stories. Of course I write everything much later and now I see that I use sometimes present and sometimes past time. Whatever. This is informal blog and I am not native speaker (good excuse) so EXCUSE MY FRENCH!
On Wednesday we took metro to get to Manhattan to see National Museum of Natural History. Walking towards the building we see big statue of riding Roosevelt having one figure walking on each side of him. Getting closer we see one is and African native and one is American native. Not that we would expect that much, of course we coming there mostly because we want to see this propaganda bullshit and also it’s free, but this is already over the edge. Z says “I think they weren’t friends”
Content of the museum consist of many different things and it took centuries to steal all these artifacts and kill all and stuff all the animals and so on. Of course many things were nicely made but the general picture and message is one of the saddest physical propaganda I have ever seen.
Kets: It was my second time at this museum, last time was many years ago, but I had forgotten how twisted it feels to walk through those great halls with animals and people on display. Most of the things made me feel uncanny and sick. Though, there was one pretty interesting exhibition about widespread plagues and diseases. Most of it was about different larvaes and parasites that infest the body affects it negatively, either by themselves or by spreading a virus with it. Thinking about it made me A LITTLE scared and made me remember a song by IRON (hardcore band) maybe these topics are what they where trying to touch with “the beauty of science?”
Sasha: Our talk is in the Base in Brooklyn. It’s put up by our friend A. from ABC NYC. The event is well promoted. A. is pro! Also he has some presents for us, thank you!
The base is an anarchist infoshop/freeshop with the Lucy Parson radical library and about 60 people is coming. Great event! Also this was our last talk with Eliana for some weeks.