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[I'm leaving this sticky. A world where all this is going on is a more interesting world than the world I woke up in this morning. It seems like spring.... More on Brokefix here. --lambert]


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Submitted by lambert on

We are ready to begin... Readers?

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I guess what I would like to know first, is what happened in Bangor today? How did that go?

What future projects do you have in mind?

What inspires you as guerilla projectionists?

Millions of questions, and thanks for taking that action!

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Thanks for coming by. I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about your creative process and how you try to ensure that what you do has the impact you want. Thanks!

Submitted by hipparchia on

i want the techie details - what kind[s] of projector, was that a battery pack in that backpack, how did you move those quotes around on the screen, etc

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how did you move those quotes around on the screen

The images we're projecting come from a movie file we prepare before projecting. Each video that we've released has a complimentary video (also on Youtube) that is the "clean" movie file (vs. the edited movie we piece together from our projection bombing). We put these original video files up so that others, if inspired by our work, may use the same movie files in their own Force Projection.

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I guess what I would like to know first, is what happened in Bangor today? How did that go?

So in a nutshell, today marked the opening statements of a federal lawsuit that has been levied against the state as a result of Gov. LePage's order to remove the labor mural.

[no-glossary]The [/no-glossary] 6 plaintiffs are shaping their case around a violation of the first amendment which not only protects our rights to speak but our rights as viewers and listeners as well.

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What future projects do you have in mind?
Well, there are a number of issue that we have a sharp interest in exploring and in some cases exposing. But for now we are very much so interested in seeing our work with the labor mural through. Beyond the projections that we have done we are eager to raise awareness around Maine's rich labor history and are working on a major event to celebrate the mural.

This issue is near and dear to us, and while Gov. LePage and his administration will claim that those offended by his removal of the painting are deflecting from his actual policies it is import to note this action as a REFLECTION of his policies-- after all he is attempting to strip several child labor laws and strike other legislative blows to the labor movement.

Submitted by hipparchia on

after all he is attempting to strip several child labor laws and strike other legislative blows to the labor movement.

i wondered if his purpose in taking down the mural was because it would remind people of what things used to be like, back when child labor was legal, for instance. he wouldn't want the public to be exposed to graphic reminders like that while he's busy trying to roll back their rights.

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What inspires you as guerilla projectionists?
One of the most exciting aspects of guerrilla art and activism is that it serves as an opportunity to utilize the same type of imagery that advertisers and major corporations use to inundate people with their messages and while propagating their message relies on millions of dollars, our voice resonates because of our creativity and the message itself.

It is a chance to level the playing field.

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I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about your creative process and how you try to ensure that what you do has the impact you want.

Because our work is fairly centered on current events it is a very reactive process. Initially, we reacted to our frustrations with Gov. LePage taking down the mural-- we put it back up.

Then we reacted to the voices of our peers-- we elevated them, and attempted to involve them in our process. We were and are humbled and inspired by the responses, good and bad, that we have received.

Recently, we saw a way to draw attention to the trial and to elevate the voice of another guerrilla activist-- Nicc Machi-- while playing with the power of original iconography.

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Beyond the issue of the mural there are a number of issues that we hope to address. We are grateful for the forum that we have been granted by our peers and hope that it continues to evolve beyond this first incident.

Internally, and I won't spoil anything now, we have talked about a trajectory for our messages and with luck this is far from the last time you'll hear from BrokeFix.

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Our main projector we run from a car so we can charge the battery while projecting, since the strength of the projector's lamp is often the limiting factor on how big we can project. We're not the first one's to use this idea, and being tech-savvy isn't what we'd call one of our greatest strengths. More often than not, a little elbow grease and determination will do wonders for completing a project even if you lack to technical skills of a master.

The electrical aspects are pretty simple: the projector requires AC, a car battery provides DC, so you just need to run the battery through an inverter (you'll lose some power but not too much).

The "Photon Pack" was a quick idea we had to gain a little more mobility. We used a common car battery charger, rigged up another inverter to it, taped up the terminals so we wouldn't get juiced, and loaded it up. In this process, you'd want to make sure your outlets from the inverter, computer, projector, etc. are easily accessible (or else there's not much point in mobility).

Submitted by lambert on

Type of projector? Distance? Focus? I guess night time is best? Actually, Hipparchia probably has better question on this...

How about law enforcement?

Submitted by hipparchia on

love it!

thanks for the info. "something even the non-tech-savvy can do" is good to know.

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to projection bombing? what kind of feedback have you had?
Well, we are far from being the originators of projection bombing or as we like to call it: Force Projection.

There are some truly amazing artists working with projection mapping who exemplify the visual potential of this art form. We are humbled by their work and admire it from a distance. An uniformed minority have referred to us as "pioneers" in this field, which we find flattering but it is not the case. We simply used a projector to make our message bigger. For us, the main aspect of our art has been rooted in the message, not the means of application. We're flattered to be called artists, though it might be more accurate to call us activists.

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For more technical information follow us on Facebook, Youtube, or our new site at www.brokefix.wordpress.com-- beyond making our methods and materials available we aim to post instructional videos that will offer more insight.

How about law enforcement?
The members of BrokeFix have had police liaison training and have met with law professionals to make sure we understand how to remain within our rights. Knowledge is power, but ultimately, remaining courteous is often the most powerful tool on our belt.

While we will not be intimidated or pushed around, getting arrested is not something we are interested in. It is not a great way to remain anonymous.

Submitted by hipparchia on

nicce one!

thank you lambert for arranging this. i got some good ideas, and and some useful information on how to carry them out.

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Submitted by BROKEFIX on

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to express our voice. We appreciate the inspiration your questions provide us.

If you are inspired by our work and our message, we ask you to express your own voice. Go big, go smart, and go loud.

We wish you well.

--BrokeFix

Submitted by lambert on

Please keep us posted, too! You have an account...

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

I followed this thread last night - didn't comment because YOU ARE ALL way over my head.

But I am so proud of what you did and are doing. And hope to hear many more reports all over this country as a result of you sharing your information.

I am in awe of all of you! Thank you.