Maelstrom | 24.10.2004 16:46
7pm: Series 7, The Contenders - Takes a look into the formula that has recently topped television polls; the reality game show. Modern culture has come so close to fulfilling the prophecies of films like Rollerball, Death Race 2000 and The Running Man that this rerun of the future game show plot is mounted as a satire rather than a prophecy, with an aesthetic drawn from reality-TV shows. In a society where the media and the authorities have absolute power, contestants in "Series 7" of The Contenders are chosen by lottery--six players must compete to kill each other, with the survivor/winner competing in the next series.
7pm: Prison and the Panopticon Society. Talk by ex anarchist prisoner Mark Barnsley about the contemporary prison industrial complex.
9pm: Prisoner writing and card making. Letters are a lifeline to those inside from those of us on the outside, come and write to some of those imprisoned for acts of resistance.
2pm: Biometrics – Talk and discussion on biometrics. Iris recognition, DNA, fingerprints, facial recognition etc.
4pm: Nanotechnology – What it is, how it works, ideas for resistance. Nanotech is an important developing technology of control, part of the growing network of domination. This workshop aims at an accessible introduction to the tiny little buggers.
7pm: Surviving on the peripheries – Discussion on slipping through the systems cracks.
9pm: Pirate Bingo. A game of Bingo with a pirate theme, come dressed in costume if you like.
11am – 1pm: Benefit Breakfast – A veggie fry up as a benefit for prisoner support campaigns.
Maelstrom will be closed after 1pm, and wants to encourage people to go down to Leeds City Art Gallery, where there will be a day of radical films put on by ‘Incitement 2…’ (more info on leedsbradford.indymedia.org.uk or leedscinema.com).