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Monday, September 14, 2015

"Anything to Say?" Whistleblowing Art Outside the UN


The artist behind the bronze sculpture is Italian Davide Dormino. He explains that he wanted to “represent three contemporary heroes who have lost their freedom for the truth.” He adds that they act as a reminder of “how important it is to know the truth and have the courage to know the truth

Italian artist Davide Dormino takes part in his installation "Anything to Say?", a bronze sculpture representing whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning on the Place des Nations in front of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland Sept. 14, 2015. Photo:Reuters

The "Anything to say?” sculpture moved from Germany to the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday. It is “a life size bronze sculpture, portraying three figures each one standing on a chair. The fourth chair is empty because it is our chair,” according to the installation’s website.

Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, the website says, “had the courage to say no to the intrusion of global surveillance and to lies that lead to war. Both loved and hated, they chose to loose the comfort zone of their lives to tell the truth.”

Charles Glass, the author, journalist and broadcaster who inspired Davide Dormino’s artwork explains: “Thanks to Assange, Snowden and Manning, you know the limits of freedom. You know you are spied on every hour of every day. You know how governments kill and torture alleged enemies. Chelsea Manning is serving 35 years in an American federal prison. Julian Assange has been confined in England for four years ... Edward Snowden is trapped in Moscow. We will honor their courage by erecting a monument, designed by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino.”

Glass continues, "Most statues in public spaces commemorate warriors. The Dormino statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war. Manning, Assange and Snowden accepted their loss of freedom. While you remain free, thank them by erecting this reminder that we can refuse to collaborate with unaccountable power.”

Speak Out with Snowden, Assange and Manning Outside the UN

This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: "http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Speak-Out-With-Snowden-Assange-and-Manning-Outside-UN-20150914-0009.html". 

A Ginevra e Parigi 'Anything to say?', la libertà di parola secondo Dormino 14/09/2015

WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning simultaneously celebrated and condemned society’s technological advances in a rare, covertly conducted jailhouse interview.

Manning — the ex-military intelligence analyst who is two years into a 35-year term at a Kansas military prison for espionage — answered questions from artists and activists for the interview, published in Paper magazine Tuesday.

The verbose conversation, which delved into far-fetched philosophical banter, was conducted via U.S. mail and encrypted web platforms.

The interview didn’t reveal any substantive details about Manning’s life in prison, the WikiLeaks scandal or her gender transition, which she announced one day after her 2013 conviction.

Instead, the 27-year-old theorized about humanity, civilization and technology, including her belief that technology both encourages and squanders freedom.

“I think it's an odd paradox that technology is providing for us,” she said. “We are more diverse and open as a society — yet we also seem to be more homogenous and insecure than ever before.”

Manning — who was convicted of leaking 700,000 classified documents — explained that while some technological tools can “declare a kind of independence from institutional control,” freedom is still possible without them.

“Some people might even find their independence in embracing the Luddite philosophy and shunning technology,” she said.

Manning also mused over theories about the future of society — one that may not include humans. 

“I believe that we are just at the very beginning of a new epoch,” she said. “As we begin to ascend into a new era — which sometimes includes ideas of ‘transhumanism’ and the information, economic and technological 'singularity' — perhaps we are going to begin to slowly embrace, or fear, a post-human world? If it happens quickly enough, we might even find out ourselves!”

She justified the theory by explaining that with “increasingly…intuitive human/machine interfacing we are slowly beginning to blur the lines between the concepts that have seemed so separate for generations, such as the relationships between gender, sexuality, art and work.”

But Manning claimed that her beliefs are not that provocative.

“I don't consider myself a ‘radical,’” she said. “Radical in American society has, I think, become this buzzword that makes a lot of ideas and discussions seem foreign or new to people — whether for or against them. Is it radical to seek justice? Is it radical to be rescued by love? Is it subversive to be sweet?

She continued: “Instead of trying to be "radical"; I just try to be true to myself! Is it radical to be true to yourself? Maybe it is? I don't know, but it just makes sense to me, haha!”

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning gives rare interview from prison MEG WAGNER  September 2, 2015

Chelsea Manning says we're on the verge of a 'post-human world' and insists she's NOT 'a radical' in a rare interview from prison  SNEJANA FARBEROV 1 September 2015

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