O P E R A T I O N
D E S S E R T S T O R M
international months of pieing *
may 1 to april 1 *
from agent geek sorbet
Revolution is about doing things out of the ordinary. I think
about what it will be like everyday and I expect to be shocked
and surprised by any revolution. Pie throwing embraces so many
beautiful aspects of humanity its strange it doesnt
First of all theres the great video footage. The look on
the victims face is unique, unreproducible in a script or
on a set. Do they taste The Pie? Does the sweet flavour complicate
their outrage? Most news presenters, and a nation lapping it up,
are surprised and shocked. It is proclaimed as violent, although
in a time when it was entertainment, at the turn of
the 20th century, similar acts of propaganda by deed
were more likely to be bombs. Violent indeed.
Second, it is merely the act of a clown. That lovable self abusive
humour merchant. Its funny to watch. Despite yr outrage,
deep down you see the humour, yeah? A little Pie never hurt anybody.
It follows in the tradition of the larrikin.
Third, its pleasant to be again reminded we are merely
monkeys. We are all human, even the richest and most powerful.
You could be forgiven for believing that these people are somehow
untouchable, special, above or separate from us.
This uprising has its roots in the belief that our planet is
not dying, it is being killed; and the ones doing the killing
have names and faces.
The revolution in Chiapas against neoliberalism and globalization,
the struggle for 'tierra y libertad,' has influenced us profoundly.
As Marcos and others have demonstrated so effectively, in today's
world of ecological and social meltdown, we all live in Chiapas.
But the Zapatistas have encouraged us to bring zapatismo to our
own communities, and we have done what we can to follow through
on that. In other words: think globally, act locally ... and when
the likes of Shapiro and Watson came to our home territorities,
we pied the polluting lollies.
The great moments of revolutionary history have all been enormous
popular festivals - the storming of the Bastille, the uprisings
of 1848, the Paris Commune, the revolutions of 1917-9, Paris '68.
Conversely, popular festivities have always been looked on by
the authorities as a problem, whether they have banned, tolerated
or semi- institutionalised them. Why does power fear free celebration?
Could it be something to do with the utopian urges which seize
a crowd becoming aware of its own power? From the middle ages
onwards the carnival has offered glimpses of the world turned
upside down, a topsy turvy universe free of toil, suffering and
Carnival celebrates temporary liberation from the prevailing
truth and the established order; it marks the suspension of all
hierarchical rank, privileges, norms and prohibitions. Carnival
is not a spectacle seen by the people; they live in it, and everyone
participates because its very idea embraces all the people.
Ultimately it is in the streets that power must be dissolved:
for the streets where daily life is endured, suffered and eroded,
and where power is confronted and fought, must be turned into
the domain where daily life is enjoyed, created and nourished.