Art is Still Not Terrorism, nor is it Mail Fraud or whatever other

POSTED BY: mark cooley | Fri Jul 2nd, 2004 7:12 p.m.

ridiculous charge the US govt. has cooked up to save face.

Art is Still Not Terrorism, nor is it Mail Fraud or whatever other
ridiculous charge the US govt. has cooked up to save face.

Following the latest news on the indictment of Steve Kurtz from Critical Art
Ensemble (see, although the original bioterrorism
charges are now completely off the table, the trial still
promises to be financially and psychologically draining for the defendant.

Barry Schwabsky, Warren Neidich and Anjalika Sagar, with the Arts Catalyst
and Artsadmin invite you to join us in an unmissable gathering of artists,
academics and concerned individuals to help raise the legal costs of his

The benefit on July 9 19.00 at the Courtroom, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial
St, Aldgate, London, goes ahead, with speeches and messages from
celebrities, including defendant Steve Kurtz by video, DJ mixes by Kodwo
Eshun and music by si-cut.db among others, including surprise guests
(contact before THIS Friday July 2 if you have a
short set to offer, zero-minimal tech backup!)

How much? Free, but bring your chequebook. We are suggesting a donation of
at least 24 pounds sterling.

The recent decision by the courts to throw away the charges of
Bioterrorism and replace them with mail fraud is a victory for all of us. It
shows that we can make a difference. Our benefit is as important to raise
money for the debts Steve has incurred and the court case he still needs to

Benefit Committee: Kathy Battista, Julien Dobbs-Higginson, Kodwo Eshun,
Charlie Gere, Jan Hietala, Janis Jefferies, Susan and Ben Keisler, Karen
Knorr, Kathy Kubicki, Warren Neidich, Sandra Percival, Anjalika Sagar, Marq
Smith, John Slyce, Barry Shwabsky, Mark Tribe, Paul Wombell, Karen Wright,
and Robert Zimmer.

We can accept cash or cheques only, no cards (payable to The Arts Catalyst),
either on the door or to The Arts Catalyst at the above address. If you are
unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please do so either
direct to the defence fund - - or by sending a cheque
to Arts Catalyst. The Arts Catalyst is a charitable arts organisation
(charity number: 1042433). Money donated will be transferred directly to the
CAE Defense fund.

Organisational help from:

light fare sponsored by Story Organic deli

rsvp to
if you are coming so we can calculate numbers. Don't forget your chequebook!

Lyndsey Housden
Artsadmin Trainee
Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6LS

T 020 7247 5102
F 020 7247 5103
Textphone: 020 7247 5182

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