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  1.  
  2. Poetic Terrorism
  3.  
  4.   WEIRD DANCING IN ALL-NIGHT computer-banking lobbies.  Unauthorized
  5. pyrotechnic displays.  Land-art, earthworks as bizarre alien artifacts
  6. strewn in State Parks.  Buglarize houses but instead of stealing, leave
  7. Poetic-Terrorist objects.  Kidnap someone & make them happy.
  8.  
  9.   Pick someone at random & convince them they're the heir to an enormous,
  10. useless & amazing fortune -- say 5000 square miles of Antarctica, or an
  11. aging circus elephant, or an orphanage in Bombay, or a collection of
  12. alchemical mss.  Later they will come to realize that for a few moments
  13. they believed in something extraordinary, & will perhaps be driven as a
  14. result to seek out some more intense mode of existence.
  15.  
  16.   Bolt up brass commemorative plaques in places (public or private) where
  17. you have experienced a revelation or had a particularly fulfilling sexual
  18. experience, etc.
  19.  
  20.   Go naked for a sign.
  21.  
  22.   Organize a strike in your school or workplace on the grounds that it does
  23. not satisfy your need for indolence & spiritual beauty.
  24.  
  25.   Graffiti-art loaned some grace to ugly subways & rigid public monuments
  26. -- PT-art can also be created for public places:  poems scrawled in
  27. courthouse lavatories, small fetishes abandoned in parks & restaurants,
  28. xerox-art under windshield-wipers of parked cars, Big Character Slogans
  29. pasted on playground walls, anonymous letters mailed to random or chosen
  30. recipients (mail fraud), pirate radio transmissions, wet cement...
  31.  
  32.   The audience reaction or aesthetic-shock produced by PT ought to be at
  33. least as strong as the emotion of terror - powerful disgust, sexual
  34. arousal, superstitious awe, sudden intuitive breakthrough, dada-esque angst
  35. -- no matter whether the PT is aimed at one person or many, no matter
  36. whether it is "signed" or anonymous, if it does not change someone's life
  37. (aside from the artist) it fails.
  38.  
  39.   PT is an act in a Theater of Cruelty which has no stage, no rows of
  40. seats, no tickets & no walls. In order to work at all, PT must
  41. categorically be divorced from all conventional structures for art
  42. consumption (galleries, publications, media).  Even the guerilla
  43. Situationist tactics of street theater are perhaps too well known & expected
  44. now.
  45.  
  46.   An exquisite seduction carried out not only in the cause of mutual
  47. satisfaction but also as a conscious act in a deliberately beautiful life
  48. -- may be the ultimate PT.  The PTerrorist behaves like a
  49. confidence-trickster whose aim is not money but CHANGE.
  50.  
  51.   Don't do PT for other artists, do it for people who will not realize (at
  52. least for a few moments) that what you have done is art.  Avoid
  53. recognizable art-categories, avoid politics, don't stick around to argue,
  54. don't be sentimental; be ruthless, take risks, vandalize only what MUST be
  55. defaced, do something children will remember all their lives -- but don't
  56. be spontaneous unless the PT Muse has possessed you.
  57.  
  58.   Dress up.  Leave a false name.  Be legendary.  The best PT is against the
  59. law, but don't get caught.  Art as crime; crime as art.
  60.  
  61.  
  62.                                   Pirated from
  63.  
  64.                                   from Temporary Autonomous Zone
  65.                                      by
  66.                                     Hakim Bey  Autonomedia

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