The Lucky Performers in Ocularpation Wall Street Go To Court
Ocularpation Wall Street Court Case:
Today was the big day. The 3 of us who were arrested for being half-naked / naked in the art performance Ocularpation Wall Street went to criminal court to address the ticket charges! I’d been charged with disorderly conduct, and my two male cell mates had received a 2-for-1 deal of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
The result? CASE DISMISSED.
Surprised? Our “crimes” were so absurd it seems like this is the kind of case to be immediately, decisively dismissed. However, I was mentally preparing to defend my “performance”, and we all discussed and prepared for other outcomes, ie. a violation fine or an A.C.D. (which means stay out of trouble for 6 months, and you’re off the hook.)
The lawyer said she had a whole discourse ready about the nature and history of performance art, but we never got to hear it! Eric (the janitor) was the first one called up, but he stood up front for only a second before the judge said “Dismissed.” It was so fast we all looked over at him a little confused as he returned to the bench, quick as he had left it. I went up and heard the same. It couldn’t have gone better!
Celebrate this outcome and the whole Ocularpation project with us next Monday at the Museum of Modern Art for a film screening! Zefrey will be showing video footage from the performance in a short film along with some of his other work.
An Evening with Zefrey Throwell
Monday, November 14th at 7pm
Tickets sold at the door. ($12 for adults)
P.S. The Strip Poker project “I’ll Raise You One…” has fulfilled all of its player slots! Sorry if you couldn’t get in a game, they got an influx of emails after I blogged about it.