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A TACTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

occupy wall street

Delta_Ark developed The Beacon as a three-part installation for Occupy Wall Street. During Delta_Ark’s residency at Occupy Providence, Delta_Ark noticed that passers-by continued to remark that they did not understand the protester’s intentions. Because the intentions were so numerous, yet important and interlinking, Delta_Ark decided to build a system that allowed protesters to broadcast to the surrounding area. The second image, provided as context, is The Declaration of the Occupation of NYC, a graphic that explores the interconnections of the ills of the neo-liberal system of political and economic management. The Beacon allowed these ills to be communicated through the protester’s narratives.

A ROLLING CRISIS CAPTURED IN LIGHT

During the republican national primary in New Hampshire, Delta_Ark set up a tent, interviewed protesters about why they were occupying and these reasons were then projected onto the tent's exterior. #TheBeacon was one of the top trending tags at the event. Afterward, the Beacon also went on 'missions' to different sites in Providence to convey more nuanced aspects of the occupation. The long text about the dissolution of Occupy Providence was projected on the tent's exterior and is captured in total in the third video. You can read that text in full here. Finally, the Beacon traveled to Europe to participate in the protests surrounding the sovereign debt crisis.