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paul on Sun, 24 Mar 2002 22:23:02 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-nl] virtual people smuggler

The Virtual People Smuggler [http://www.noborder.org/peoplesmuggler/] - as
is the case with 'people smuggling' generally - arose out of the need and
desire to cross borders. In the first instance, to cross the borders of
various noborder events and protests themselves, to create a space which was
an adequate expression of the movements for the freedom of movement.

Confined neither by geopolitical limits nor the standard aesthetics of
protests, the Virtual People Smuggler pays tribute to the chatrooms, spoof
sites, weblogs, online gaming, independent media as virtual, vital and,
therefore, actual moments in the crossing of borders. In other words, as the
experience encountered by people as they log in to virtual communities which
are unrestrained by national borders, and also, thereby, as one of the forms
in which protests (especially noborder protests and events) can and do

Crossing the distinction between 'virtual' and 'actual' (which denies the
experience of virtual communities and communication as real, as both
effective and affective), as well as celebrating the desire for freedom of
movement (which results not only in clandestine travel arranged by
people-smugglers in order to cross geopolitical borders, but also gave rise
to the most successful salespitch for internet software), the Virtual People
Smuggler asks, "Where do you want to go today?"

destination :: woomera

the first installment of the virtual people smuggler will take you to
woomera (australia), where - during the easter weekend of 2002 - a protest
festival will address a number of issues that are highlighted in this remote
town in the desert of southern australia: internment of sans papier,
indigenous struggles for land rights, uranium mining, missile testing, toxic
waste dumping, and military surveillance.

virtual people smuggler: http://www.noborder.org/peoplesmuggler/

woomera2002: http://www.woomera2002.com

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