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Gareth Dale’sPopular Protest in East Germany, 1945-1989” (Routledge, 2005) is proving to be an extremely helpful resource as I try to gain a better understanding of political protest in contemporary Germany – protest as represented in the stickers I’ve collected in Berlin and Munich since 2003.  In particular, he describes the mass uprising of June 17, 1953, that started in East Berlin and moved rapidly to over 700 cities throughout East Germany.  Half a million to a million workers protested; 1,000 workplaces were stopped.  Ultimately, by the end of the day (one day!), Soviet tanks, 20,000 Soviet soldiers, and another 8,000 GDR police quelled events and activities amidst resistance, but it is said that protests ensued in other German towns and villages during the following weeks.  The uprising was spontaneous and fast-moving, Dale writes in chapter one, though he follows in chapter two describing historical antecedents found in German labour movement traditions dating back to the 1920s.  Dense, but fascinating reading.

Routledge charges a fortune for their academic publications.  This one above runs $160 on the Routledge site, but closer to $200 on Amazon and elsewhere.  Not sure why, but the Man is certainly stickin’ it back.  I had to have my ILL copy Xeroxed to make it affordable to read/use.  Copyleft.  Sorry, Man.  Haha.  Not.

No pics tonight.  Too tired.

Protests everywhere

Research from yesterday:

February 13th and 14th mark the anniversary each year of the Dresden bombings, during which Allied forces killed an estimated 25,000 civilians by dropping incendiary bombs.  Far-right extremists have since used the occasions to gather in remembrance and march through the city with flags, banners, and torches.  In 2011, two funeral marches were scheduled within days of each other.  The first on February 13th drew 1,300 neo-Nazis, but what was remarkable were the 17,000 counter-protesters who also showed up to block the parade by creating a human chain extending two miles around the city.  The second gathering on February 19 drew some 600 neo-Nazis (fewer than the 4,000 expected) and an estimated 21,000 counter-protesters made up of an alliance of political parties, church groups, trade unions, and associations.  Five thousand police were deployed to keep the peace at each event.

I’ve searched online for stories about the Dresden protests.  Nothing in The New York Times as of today, February 19 (though plenty of suggestions for restaurants and hotels).  It’s early, though.  I’ll give them a few more days.

A set of photographs on Flickr, however, depicts violent confrontations between what look to be antifa protesters and riot police (images copyright Noktalia 2011).

Example of anti-Nazi sticker – this one from Berlin:

Ha ha.

The .png shots I take for this SK blog are too small in size and too low-res to be used in any other printed matter.  No surprise.  It’s weird, though.  I can re-save a .png shot as a .jpeg, and the file size remains the same?  I can’t remember.  In any case, I created a .png shot at 72 dpi, re-saved it as a 72 dpi .jpeg, and re-saved it again as 150 dpi and 300 dpi .jpegs.  You’re not supposed to enlarge files like this, but I’m having Shutterfly make 5 x7-inch photographs to see how they compare in printed form.  The Web site I used to make .png shots is the blog called Fighting Fire with Gasoline.

Shutterfly also offers easy POD print-on-demand publishing services for people to create personal scrap books and photo albums.  I guess they took random images from folders I’ve set up to entice me to make an album, b/c what I saw today had the status of my current order juxtaposed with a sample photo album entitled “Fuck Kapitalism.”

“Check it out.”  Ha ha.  Can’t make this stuff up.

Also can’t make up the fact that federal funding for Planned Parenthood got axed today in the House.

It’s a (Tea) Party

I’m heading to Boston today to visit sis #2 for a couple of days.  While there, I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for anti-Tea Party stickers along what was then Griffin’s Wharf (now Independence Wharf at 470 Atlantic Avenue), the site of the historical Boston Tea Party.  Here is what it looks like now.

One could write a thesis on the irony of this.  Talk about taxation without representation.  Who paid for that?

On a related note, I found a great sticker in NYC last year with a picture of Sarah Palin and the phrase “Trojan Horse,” which will be scanned and posted soon.  Arianna Huffington described Palin as a “Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of Bush (September 8, 2008).


Do I want the right to be self governed?  Or do I want the diamond ring?  Or the girl?  Too many choices….

Wait a minute….  Who is in charge here?

Back home + time to restore some honor!!!

While there is still so much to think and write about regarding the recent trip to Berlin, I want to add this post about the upcoming Restoring Honor rally in DC this summer.  Check out the rip-off of Shepard Fairey’s rip-off design (below).  Hello, post-modernism!  Is that what you’d call this?  I can’t keep track anymore, much less tag this post….  Lately it seems that “Stickin’ it to the Man” combined with “The Man Stickin’ it Back” seems to work in a number of situations.  Not sure what that means quite yet, but it might be an unfortunate reality in this karazy mixed-up world, n’est-ce-pas?

Street art + art fair = an oxymoron

The Stroke 02 urban art fair was disappointing.  Aside from its overly commercial focus, it lacked the vibrancy we’ve seen and experienced on the streets and elsewhere.  Right from the beginning, we all asked, “Why Munich?” and later learned “that’s where the money is.”

The fair itself was situated in a four storey building next to the well groomed Englischer Garten in Munich, which alone seemed an odd and unfortunate decision.  The most interesting project was a live painting by 11 artists from Switzerland.  They had pieced together a large grid of 80 or so 16 x 20 boards, which they painted, re-painted, and painted over in a very dynamic and fluid manner.  The squares could be purchased as individual works of art, again indicative of the focus on sales.  However, the quality of this group’s work was very high, and the artists’ drawings, paintings, and stencils all worked very well together.

Aside from the Hatch Kingdom booth/room, most of the rest of displays were flat and stiff.  Objects on walls.  Way too much airbrush and cliche’d imagery.

I’ll write more later, b/c I need to go meet the students soon.

“The Man stickin’ it Back” as one of this post’s tags refers to The Money Man.



Flickr Photos

June 2020