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Soapbox Event/Federal Hall Documentation PART 1

Soapbox Event/Federal Hall Documentation Part 2


Pia Lindman thanks everyone who showed up at the Federal Hall in April; volunteers, speakers, film crew... you helped create a truly energizing event!  

41 speakers delivered speeches almost non-stop. We will post excerpts of these recordings here shortly.  

If you have any questions or would like to contribute to this project by volunteering or otherwise, please contact Pia by email, piuska@mit.edu. If you want to contribute by writing to this blog click on the link for instructions to participate.

In Soapbox Event, Lindman pares down the structure of democracy to the elemental forms of free speech: human bodies, live voices, and space. This performance investigates the construction and breakdown of collective structures, and how they influence individual expression in democratic decision-making. The event highlights the relationship of embodied speech to the bare life of an individual, in the context of increasingly mediated communication.

- each participant will be given one soapbox
- with the soapbox, each participant is also given one minute of free speech
- participants may form coalitions
- the soapboxes of the members of a coalition can be stacked together to create a higher speech podium
- a representative of a coalition may speak as many minutes as there are stacked boxes (members in the coalition)
We will not be using microphones or any amplifiers. Obtaining greater height serves to elevate a speaker and have their voice project better into the space.

Soapbox Event/Federal Hall Documentation Part 4

Soapbox Event/Federal Hall Documentation Part 5

Soapbox Event/Federal Hall Documentation, part 3

Soapbox Event/Federal Hall Documentation Part 6

Missile Dick Chicks on Soapboxes/Creative Time

About race, voting, and nature

Leeza Meksin on SPANDEX leggings

Poem about love


Wednesday evening 09/24/08, students and faculty of Eugene Lang College of Undergraduate Studies, New School of Social Research, debated about race in America. Mark Larrimore invited Pia Lindman and Soapbox Event to stage an "intervention" in the traditional forms of a panel discussion. Students were asked to use soapboxes to step up and speak, and to thus rearrange the social dynamics of the space.

Political debating like watching superbowl

empowerment of public speech

Accentuate the Postitive

Inspiration for art and political action and Raging Grannies

Soapbox Event/Creative Time and financial crisis

Soapbox Event/Creative Time Political Art in the Margins

Victor Sheely on Soapbox Event/Creative Time

First day of Democracy in America, The National Campaign at the Park Avenue Armory NYC

Soapbox Event opened again with Democracy in America, The National Campaign exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC this Sunday 09/21/08. We kept the boxes going from 11AM to 10PM!! 
This was an energizing day with many interested and interesting minds, works, and speeches coming together.  Thank you Nato Thompson, for this bold, much needed, smart, inspiring, and fun show!  Thanks to Creative Time for taking on this risky and bold endeavor.  Thanks also to all the enthused and helpful volunteers!  
Personal thanks to Soapbox Production Manager Janine Slaker and Speaker Agent Loren Allston, who stuck it out all day long.  You gave me strength.
At the bottom of this page I have uploaded recordings of the speeches: check out The Missile Dick Chicks video below for something hilariously burlesque and the unplugged off-the-cuff Victor Sheely.

You still have a chance to participate! Welcome to the Soapbox Event next Friday and Saturday (09/26 from 12 to 3PM and 09/27 from 3PM to 6PM) at Park Avenue Armory!

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find more videos.
Please post comments and speeches, and check in again.
Pia Lindman

Protest against Soapbox rules!/Creative Time

Soapbox Event/Creative Time Documentation Part 6

Soapbox Event/Creative Time Documentation Part 3