Thursday, January 20, 2005

Art is Not Terrorism

Many of you will remember artist Steve Kurtz of the Critical Art Ensemble and his arrest in the spring of 2004 for the possession of biological agents. It seems, reports of the overblown status of the charges and the innocuous nature of these agents (used in Kurtz's artwork) has not stopped the federal investigators from persuing charges. A hearing of the charges is set for February of this year. (Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund)

Ed Cardoni of Counterpunch theorizes about the bust and subsequent federal actions:

...the motivation behind the seemingly pointless pursuit of this investigation is that the feds (FBI, Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Attorney's office) are opportunistically exploiting the convenient hook of suspicious biological material (in the context of post-9/11 anthrax incidents, both real and hoaxed) to go after an intellectual for his IDEAS.


A fundraiser will be held for Kurtz's defense tonight (January 20th) at 8pm at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

If you would like to support Steve Kurtz and the Critical Art Ensemble, CAE has a few suggestions here.

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