was a weekend campaign of April 27, 28, and 29th, in 2001
that attempted to reclaim all the space, land and visual
culture of Chicago back to the people who work for it, live
in it and create it.
those that actively trespassed with the intent to resist,
took place across the city and throughout the weekend. Whether
they were spilling out of the sewers, taking the parks, invading
the steps of City Hall, scrambling up trees or cramming the
sidewalks, these projects actively engaged everyday life.
A huge array of measures were taken to infuse Chicago with
the passion that a socially conscious movement demands.
The theme of this exhibition came out of discussions where
we, a small collective of responsible citizens, recognized
a pattern among a diverse range of art and activist practices.
As the movement to resist capital and control grows to
global proportions, artists/activists/radical citizens
have once again found common ground. The umbrella term,
reclamation, seems to encompass the wide array tactics in
use. Whether this is through squatting, guerilla gardens,
pirate radio, graffiti, hacking, billboard manipulation
or performative public interventions, these practices all
resist the encroachment of top down centralized control
and private capital. Projects of reclamation situate the
producer at a critical intersection of power. It is at
this nexus that we intended to position the DSLR campaign.
Important in this goal was the connecting of people
with disparate practices and backgrounds. We hoped to reveal
connections and energize people on the robust range of
strategies that are possible.
Please have a look through the writings, documentation
and ephemera from DSLR! If you were a participant,
observer, or otherwise part of DSLR, please get in touch and
help us to make this archive more complete. Thanks and