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View events for the week of 4/ 7/2002
1st bay area whirl-mart
Date Sunday April 07
Time 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Event Type Other
Organizer/Authorkatie
Location Details
Pleasanton Wal-Mart 4501 Rosewood Dr Pleasanton, CA US
'Whirl-Mart' is an experiment that can be approached from several different angles. As a work of art, it examines and blurs the boundaries that have been established between performance art, protest, living sculpture, and direct action. As an action of resistance, it utilizes the power of silence in occupying private consumer-dominated space with a symbolic spectacle. As a ceremony, it is a counter-ritual to shopping that transforms the super-store and its wall-to-wall array of products into a surreal and colorful cathedral. The ritual consists of interested humans arriving at a predetermined Wal-Mart at 12 noon on the first Sunday of every month and proceeding to push empty shopping carts slowly and silently through the aisles. Eventually, all of the participants locate one another and form a single-file chain of anti-shoppers which weaves, wanders, and whirls throughout the different departments of the store for about an hour. Overall, it is a soothing and fun experience for the actors, and perhaps a memorable spectacle for shoppers. It is a collective reclamation of space that is otherwise only used for buying and selling. It is a symbolic display of the will to resist the capitalist ideology. And, it is a living, breathing, moving, evolving sculpture. for more info: http://www.breathingplanet.net/whirl/whirlmart_statement.html
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Apr 2nd, 2002 4:14 PM
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