Archive for July, 2008

Float your freedom at the Liberty Parade

by Justin Heideman at 10:42 am 2008-07-21
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Liberty Parade
One of the slicker events The UnConvention is participating in is the Liberty Parade. The Liberty Parade is organized to be a counterpoint to the protests that are happening in the Twin Cities during the RNC:

The central purpose of the Liberty Parade is to create a large scale parade through the heart of Minneapolis that is a CELEBRATION of shared values (liberty, freedom, justice, equality, free speech) rather than a partisan protest. The parade will culminate in a large gathering featuring music, speakers, art displays and activities. Participants will be answering the question “what does liberty mean to you?” in the form of a float, group march, or another sort of mobile visual representation that suits their artistic needs.

Happening on August 31st, the approved route for the Liberty Parade runs through Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, ending in Loring Park, just across the street from the Walker.

The parade is accepting applications for floats and groups that want to march.

Revolutionary Love

by mediachef at 10:12 am 2008-07-18
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“Creative Time, a New York-based nonprofit that specializes in funding public art, will host a gay and lesbian-themed demonstration at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the Colorado Independent reports.

“For the event, artist Sharon Hayes will recruit between 75 and 100 volunteers from St. Paul to read “Revolutionary Love 2: I am your best fantasy.” The 10 to 20 minute texts will be read continuously over a period of 2 hours. The event will be in conjunction with the Walker Art Center and the UnConvention.”

via The Minnesota Independent

RemixAmerica: A new political video remix community

by Justin Heideman at 2:22 pm 2008-07-10
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CDM tips us off to a new politically oriented project called RemixAmerica. According to the website:

Remix America is all about combining the art of the remix with the great ideals of America. We’re multi-partisan and open to every opinion.

We’re all about free expression via political remixes, mashups and video. Come back every day — we’ll be featuring the best remixes and remixers on the web!

Here’s a sample video of one the better and more recent remixes:

Their goals appear to be not unlike that of The UnConvention, and their focus on video is similar to ours. Interestingly, the RemixAmerica has a library of built-in clips, and you can import video from youtube, images form Flickr and Photobucket, or upload your own video. One could conceivably even make a remix project and post it to both RemixAmerica and I Approve this Message. Even more interestingly, they have a collection of playlists, that list various source materials such as iconic speeches, clips, things from current events, and a collection of favorite remixes.

So far, quality remixes on the site seem a little sparse. As we know, it can be difficult getting the word out about a worthy project. The RemixAmerica Blog is also worth checking out. Lots of good political videos in there, too.