About the Festival
Operation How, Now, Wow
A Festival of Dissent
Between April 25-27 the Festival will be taking place in numerous cities
and places. In each location, artists and other cultural workers are invited
to organize events, activities, actions that address, consider and contest
the ongoing "war on terror", attacks on civil liberties and human rights
violations at home and abroad.
Like most festivals, there will be screenings, performances, exhibitions,
online projects, panels, discussions as well as less traditional activities
taking place; the festival initiated by 16beaver group as an open call
to other groups and individuals with similar concerns.
We invite individuals, groups, collectives, organizations, museums large
or small to organize at least one activity or action that can add a dimension,
meaning, relation to why we oppose and question what is being done in
our name or in the name of our security.
Participants are asked to use different parts of the city and utilize
expected and unexpected spaces to realize their projects. for example,
for the events iniated by the 16beaver
group, the financial district will be used as a place where
performances and public works will take place on saturday afternoon. there
is no curatorial process in the classical sense. There is only a common
interest in expressing our dissents.
Noting the differences, we hope to also learn from these interventions,
from each other's strategies, so all the more reason to work separately
The scope of the festival is broad and inclusive and part of its intent
is to form the basis for ongoing coalitions and the framework for an enduring
or endurable socio-political engagement. An engagement that does
not end or begin with the next bombing campaign, but is involved, considered
and directed toward the underlying conditions producing or responsible
for the current situation.
The unifying element of the festival is the timeframe and this website
which will list and later attempt to document all the events, projects
and the different ways people can participate.