This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Just Aesthetics with Feed Art Center presents a screening of the documentary film, This Is What Democracy Looks Like, followed by a discussion on globalization and the upcoming G20 economic summit led by Bruce Taylor. Scheduled for: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. Saturday June 12th, at the Kankakee Public Library. This is a free event and is open to the public.

How are the G20, the International Monetary Fund, the current economic crisis, and YOU connected? What can WE do in our daily lives to counteract the negative aspects of globalization? Please come and discuss with us!

"This Is What Democracy Looks Like", a co-production of The Independent Media Center and Big Noise Films, weaves the footage of over 100 videographers into a gripping document of what really happened on Seattle’s streets during the '99 World Trade Organization protests. The film cuts through the confusion and tear gas to paint an intimate, passionate portrait of a week that changed the world. With narration by Susan Sarandon and Spearhead's Michael Franti, and with a driving soundtrack including Rage Against the Machine, DJ Shadow, DJ Musaka, and Company of Prophets, "This Is What Democracy Looks Like" is the first documentary to capture the raw energy of the WTO protests, while clarifying their global and historic significance.

Bruce Taylor is a teacher of Economics, Astronomy and Cultural Studies at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, IL. He has held numerous conferences and discussions featuring speakers as highly regarded as linguist and political philosopher, Noam Chomsky and the civil right activist, Howard Zinn. Taylor also works closely with the National Labor Committee to spread awareness of sweatshops and child labor. He holds a degree in economics and astronomy from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and has studied and taught international finance/foreign policy issues for 10 years.

Just Aesthetics is a group directed toward consciousness-raising concerning social justice issues. The aim of Just Aesthetics is to inspire our communities to begin acting directly, and working cooperatively by means of non-hierarchical organizing and decision making, using the arts as a bridge to make connections with those who otherwise might be turned off by the rhetoric of social change.

Related documentaries:
Blue Gold: World Water Wars
The Corporation
Life and Debt
The Take

Rock the Stacks

Saturday, May 22nd, we'll be representing Feed at the second annual Rock the Stacks concert at the Kankakee Public Library. We'll have artwork for sale and we'll be doing everything we can to promote our upcoming events, This Is What Democracy Looks Like and the View Finding workshop.

There will be a ton of great bands playing all during the day and a bunch of local artists selling their work. The whole thing is free, so you probably don't have a good excuse for not coming around and checking it out.

You Never Get a Second Chance

I've been busy putting together an exhibition of my most recent body of work, a series of screen printed photographs documenting my affection for the commonplace sites of Midwestern America. The show will be open from May 17th through 24th, with a reception on Friday, May 21tst from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Governors State University Visual Arts Gallery in University Park. Hopefully I'll see you there.

More information can be found at the gallery blog.