NO TO THE TPP

Last night, in a coordinated action along with projection groups and light brigades in 10 other cities, Luminous Intervention dropped by Camden Yards to show Baltimore’s support to the growing anti-TPP movement. We also made the quick TPP 101 Primer video (above).

If you haven’t heard of the TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership, it’s no coincidence, it’s by design. The TPP has been called NAFTA on steroids, a “corporate coup,” and concerned citizens from across the nation are calling on congress to Flush It. The TPP, the largest ever of it’s kind, is a  race to the bottom international agreement on domestic and international policies of food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment.

Masked as a trade deal, the agreement has been negotiated under supervision of 600 unelected corporate “trade advisors” while the text has been hidden from members of congress, the press, and the public. By contrast, the public could review trade agreements online during the Bush administration. What has been learned about the TPP has come through leaked texts, alarming everyone from members of congress worried about sovereign powers being negotiated away to public health officials, labor representatives, environmental groups, and advocates of consumer issues.

MESSAGE TO THE DC MAYOR ON HOMELESSNESS

Luminous Intervention supported the Fair Budget Coalition’s campaign for housing for people and families who are homeless in D.C.  This projection took place just outside the school where Mayor Gray was giving his State of the City address to D.C. audiences.  The projection was one of a number of actions that the Fair Budget Coalition coordinated to put pressure on the Mayor to more adequately address the needs of the homeless in the nation’s capital.

OPEN WALLS 2 SAUSAGE PARTY

Greenpants Art Collective (creators of the Luminous Intervention project) applauds Open Walls Baltimore for bringing more public art to the streets and walls of Baltimore. As artists we view these contributions with joy. In this second round of Open Walls murals, however, it is impossible to ignore the overwhelming number of male artists. Thirteen of the fourteen (93%) murals are to be painted by male artists.

Erin Barry-Dutro, a printmaker, bookseller, and Greenpants member, summarizes her concern “Systemic sexism in the art world can often persist simply by never reaching beyond one’s own personal networks. We hope that our projection acknowledges the need to actively seek out inclusivity and artists who might go unrecognized otherwise.”