17 actions for 1968/13 actions for 2008

17 Actions for 1968

The following actions are to be performed in the year 1968. If you do not live in or cannot get to 1968, they may be performed in another year. Please account for any temporal gaps or regret.  ACTION: Voice Piece for 1968 (after Emmett Williams). Step into Chicago. Proceed to the Congress Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave. Ask the concierge if it is 1968. Exit. ACTION: Life/Art. Choose one of the following tasks and decide whether the task is art or life. Complete the task. 1. Fuck 2. Eat 3. Pray 4. Sleep 5. Protest.  
ACTION:  Go to Haymarket Square. Paint your legs black. Check with Weather Underground. Wear earplugs. Wear a helmet. Go to the Electric Theater, Clark and Lawrence (with blackened legs). Sign up to be an extra in the film Medium Cool. Stay and listen to Country Joe.  ACTION: Go to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Waller Apartments, 2840-58 W. Walnut St. Climb to the roof and look out across Garfield Park. Make a list of words to describe the color of the sky. (Bring fire extinguisher, wear heat-proof jumpsuit, helmet.) Take the list to the opening of Lake Point Towers, 505 N. Lakeshore Drive. Tape list to front door.  ACTION: Make an appointment to meet with Mayor Richard J. Daley. Tell him that you are from the future. Tell him his son will be mayor. Tell him his son will be considered a more successful mayor. Discuss ways to protect Richard J. Daley’s legacy (a gun?).  ACTION: Dig a tunnel under the place where you will live in 2008. Climb into the tunnel and understand this to be the difference between winning and losing.  ACTION: Choose a building on the street you live (in 1968.) Enter it and demand all residents confess to having attempted your murder. ACTION: Find your parents. Tell them you are from the future. Have them explain the following: Prague Spring. Yale University going co-ed. 24,000 Marines involuntarily sent back to Vietnam for second tours. Cincinnati Bengals founded. Apollo 8 orbits the moon—crew reads from the book of Genesis. The birth of LL Cool J. The birth of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. The death of Yuri Gagarin.  ACTION: Go to the SDS headquarters in Chicago. Go to a meeting of FALN. Go to a Black Panther organizing event. Go to a Chicago City Council session. At each location, announce your homosexuality. Demand your rights. See what happens.  ACTION: Listen for the birth of counter-insurgency war theory. Predict its use as an institutionalized operational procedure in many more failed wars.  ACTION: Put your ear to the ground. Listen for the sound of your freedom sending people underground to fight for theirs.  ACTION: Feel the air of moral righteousness escaping your country like the Apollo 11 will escape the atmosphere next year.  ACTION: Return to Congress Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave. Ask again if it’s 1968. Ask a young bellhop if he has been on strike for five years. Tell him he will be. Ask the concierge where the nearest hospital is. Go to Cook County Hospital. Donate a pint of blood.  ACTION: Find a large field of flowers. Select 100 of them to send to your enemies. If you do not have 100 enemies return each day until you do.  ACTION: Show everything about yourself to an older person you don’t like very much.  ACTION: Close your eyes. Imagine being in the Air National Guard. Know that this will be more convenient and pleasurable for you. Have friends buy you drinks. Talk to pretty girls.  ACTION: Move to the country from the city. Put your arms out in front of you and feel the energy of the land. Realize it’s mostly in your head. Damn or celebrate circumstance and ambition.  ACTION: Write lyrics to the following song.  

Instructions for Creating 1968 Song Lyric
Use this format:
1. verb adverb preposition noun
2. conjunction adverb pronoun verb pronoun
3. preposition noun pronoun verb
4. interjection
5. adverb pronoun verb
6. noun
7. verb preposition pronoun
8. adverb
9. adjective
10. noun.
-OR-
Write 48 syllables.
Don’t worry about fitting or not fitting lyric to the above music. We’ll deal with that.
E-mail completed lyrics to Lucky Pierre at 1968Song@luckypierre.org. Lucky Pierre will record your song and send you an MP3 of the recording. For examples of completed songs, go to www.luckypierre.org/AREAsongs

13 Actions for 2008

The following actions are to be performed in the year 2008. If you do not live in, or cannot easily be in 2008, the pieces may be performed in another year. Please account for any temporal gaps or regret.  ACTION: Step into Chicago. Choose either “ambitious” or “over-ambitious.” Perform the following tasks: 1. Comprehend the last eight years. 2. Make believe a kitchen match is an Iraqi civilian. Light and extinguish 500,000 to 1 million of them. 3. Get a new credit card, preferably from China. Spend $720 million in one day. 4. Feel upbeat and confident that your government is making good decisions. 5. Kiss the person(s) you love most. Know you will never see them again.  ACTION: Go to the Museum of Broadcast Communication at the Cultural Center. Pin a note to your shirt that reads: “Take a picture of me with cardboard cut-out of Ray Rayner.” Ask the guard if it is 2008.  ACTION: Shift your fence so your neighbor’s backyard is now part of your backyard. Inform your neighbor that he/she hasn’t been properly caring for their yard. Tell your neighbor that you’ll be caring for the yard until they are capable of resuming care. Hire the best lawn care contactor that money can buy to care for the new backyard. Sell any apples from the apple tree, the roses from the rose bushes and the vegetables from the garden. Watch crab grass spread from the claimed backyard to other neighbors’ backyards because the contractor’s contractor didn’t have any plan for controlling crab grass – they only cut grass. Begin a neighborhood campaign to take over all blighted grass.  ACTION: Go to Margies Candies at Armitage and Western. Eat a hot fudge sundae. Avoid focusing on the “patina”.  ACTION: Go to the abandoned Block 37 “superstation.” Drink a bottle of Green River. Pretend you’re getting to O’Hare 20 minutes faster.  ACTION: Go to the unused railroad tracks along Bloomingdale Avenue and dream of bike trails.  ACTION: Purchase a happy roll of gift-wrap. Carefully wrap and package a bit of your joyous freedom. Fly to another country. Give the gift to the first person you meet. Give the gift at gunpoint. Don’t plan your escape. Call your mother. Tell her you’re fine, couldn’t be happier, can’t wait for the sun to rise. Tell her you’re doing all you imagined you’d be doing at this age. Tell your roommate or lover the same thing. Find new ways to say it enough times to begin believing it. Proposed location for 2008 performance: Intersection of circumstance and ambition. (aka. Logan Square?)  ACTION: Go to the northernmost train stop on Chicago’s elevated train system. Stand in the suburbs. Ride the train to the southernmost stop. Stand in the city. Try to see the city’s southern limits more than 30 blocks away.  ACTION: Count the number of signs in Chicago with Mayor Richard J. Daley’s name on them.  ACTION: Go to the video fountain in Millennium Park. Imitate the faces. Spit water on a child.  ACTION: Go to Chinatown Square at Cermak and Archer. Eat at Lao Sze Chuan. Notice one table divided into three with a purple sharpie. Be happy about that.  ACTION: Tell your friends you are a homosexual. Describe your sexual practices to them in detail. Demand that your married friends stop referring to their legal spouse as their “partner.” Tell your friends you are an atheist. Tell your friends you are NOT a Progressive. Tell your friends you ARE a Liberal.  ACTION: Loudly declaim the following William James quote: “It is but the old story, of a useful practice first becoming a method, then a habit, and finally a tyranny that defeats the end it was used for.”  ACTION: Write lyrics to the following song.

Instructions for Creating 2008 Song Lyric
Use this format:
1. adjective
2. noun
3. verb preposition pronoun
4. adverb
5. adverb pronoun verb
6. conjunction adverb pronoun verb pronoun
7. preposition noun pronoun verb
8. verb adverb preposition noun
-OR-
Write 47 syllables.
Don’t worry about fitting or not fitting lyric to the above music. We’ll deal with that.
E-mail completed lyrics to Lucky Pierre at 2008Song@luckypierre.org. Lucky Pierre will record your song and send you an MP3 of the recording. For examples of completed songs, go to www.luckypierre.org/AREAsongs