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A Sticker A Day #3

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Happy holidays!

“My lack of courage…”

This is one of the gummed labels from the Vietnam War-era “night raiders” that I wrote about in a previous post.  It seems fitting after the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT.

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A Sticker A Day #1

I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but I plan to start posting a sticker a day for as long as I can, though I’m not going to get too worked up if I miss a day or two here or there.  Some people say I should use Tumblr to do this, but it seems to add another layer to the Stickerkitty blog.  Anything a day helps keep one in the present moment, I think.  Very Zen.  I have noticed on several occasions that while collecting stickers, walking the streets, following the sticker path, I feel most “in the present.”  This is especially true when I rent a bike in Berlin and spend a couple of hours at a time biking around different neighborhoods to find good stickers.  No distractions, just a sort of focused wandering.  The French Marxist theorist Guy Debord writes, “In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there…,” which sums it up quite nicely.  Dérive translates to “drift” in English.  Debord argues that the dérive is a form of resistance, and acc. to our friends at Wikipedia, “the need for the dérive is necessitated, according to Situationist theory, by the increasingly predictable and monotonous experience of everyday life trudged through every day by workers in advanced capitalism. The dérive grants a rare instance of pure chance, an opportunity for an utterly new and authentic experience of the different atmospheres and feelings generated by the urban landscape.”

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Ottawa sticker in time for the holidays

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Political stickers are fairly rare in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, but I found this one today in the downtown Byward Market about a minute after stepping onto the street.  The Web site listed on the sticker leads to a pretty well-researched Top Ten list of [Prime Minister Stephen] Harper’s Crimes Against Humanity, including: Blocking Progress in the Fight Against Climate Change, Promoting Endless War, Helping Canadian Mining Companies Destroy the Earth, Lying about the War in Afghanistan, and others.  There is plenty to write about Stephen Harper and his party’s conservative policies, but some that are most discouraging are the ones that will cut funding to Library and Archives Canada.

Stickers from 2012 London Anarchist Book Fair

One of my ace gallery students, Peter Q., is studying in London this semester and went to the annual London Anarchist Book Fair for me a couple of weeks ago and picked up a bunch of great stickers.  These will go into the big sticker exhibition I’m working on, and as I think I mentioned before, this exhibition will be different and include only new, unused stickers.  I’m finding that anarchist book fairs have good stickers, which is slightly weird to admit.  I don’t define myself as an anarchist, but I like the stickers I find at these book fairs.  Here are ones I picked up at the book fair in Montréal last spring, and the stickers I picked up at the book fair in Boston in November will be scanned soon, I hope.  In London, there were a bunch of stickers from the Pogo Café, the “vegan radical social space in Hackney,” from what I see online.  More research and findings to come later!

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