quelle: http://www.archive.org/details/tacticalfrivolity







In September, 2000, several thousands of people

gathered in Prague to counter the annual meeting of the

World Bank and the International Monetary Fund: Seattle’s

long tail reached the heart of Europe and succeeded in

interrupting the world’s leaders encounter, taking the

counter-summits cycle of the so-called anti-globalization

movement to one of its landmarks.

Our former video

(Radical Imagination: Carnivals of Resistance) (2004)

portrayed the Carnival Against Capital


(http://www.eco-action.org/dod/no8/carnival.html) the

historical global action day which reclaimed and paralysed

The City, London’s financial district, and whose

carnivalesque modes of protest pre-figured some

key global movement’s latter forms of street action.

Tactical Frivolity + Rhythms of Resistance literally

narrates the journey across Europe of “tactical frivolity”

mode of protest, which turned into the “pink line”,

one of the three main (front)lines in Prague, which

successfully broke the police cordon made to protect

the international congress centre. Tactical frivolity seeked

to undo classical anarchists vs. police, one-to-one

confrontational tactics, by multiplying frontlines and

making a extremely ironic use of femininity and kitschy

representations of the body in direct action. Music and

dance provided this radical redefinition of street protest

not only with a powerful tool to practically dissolve or

détour police violence, but also with the strongest possible

image (and soundtrack) to realise how street demonstrations

can become the unleashing of body’s desires in the moment

of protest itself. Rhythms of Resistance, the Samba-band

formed in Prague which continues expanding today its

singular confluence of music and politics, is also portrayed

in this tape (http://www.rhythmsofresistance.co.uk).

Tactical Frivolity + Rhythms of Resistance is somehow a

video about a particular moment of joy and expectations

of the global movement. It also raises tacit questions

about its continuities and how things have changed (or not)

since then.

Interviews: Kate Evans, Rosie, Greg, Chris Knight,

Nicky, and Kate (filmed in London and Brighton, 2004).

Images by/from: Maren Girgensohn (Mirabelle Productions),

Nataly Prevost, "Praha 2000: Rebel Colours"

(video by Indymedia, 2001), Undercurrents,

Rhythms of Resistance, and Nuria Vila. Additional texts:

Kate Evans, Notes from Nowhere ("We are Everywhere",

Barbara Ehrenreich ("Dancing in the Streets".

Additional music: Ethel Smith ("March of the Women"

and discourses by Emmeline Pankhurst. Thank to

Sutton Street Squat (London). External links:

Tactical Frivolity (“It’s got to be silver and pink!”

Rhythms of Resistance

Carnival Against Capital http://artactivism.members.gn.apc.org/allpdfs/184-[GDA]June%2018th.pdf http://www.copyriot.com/unefarce/no3/reclaim6.htm http://www.eco-action.org/dod/no8/carnival.html

Notes from Nowhere

(“We are Everywhere” http://weareeverywhere.org

Radical Imagination (Carnivals of Resistance) http://www.hamacaonline.net/obra.php?id=244

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