FACT: The NorthPolians were clad in military, terrorist,
and flasher garb, and brandished squirt guns.
SYMBOLOGY: Militaristic Garb = Authority. Terrorist Garb = Threat to Security.
Flasher Garb = Shock Value.
Squirt Guns = Phallic Control.
These 4 factors aided in the usurpation of the presiding intellectual
stagnation by introducing mayhem and absurdity to the classroom situation.
FACT: The NorthPolians surrounded the building and attacked through all
FACT: In our daily lives we are all continuously assailed by situations
in which we are expected to passively absorb knowledge.
SYMBOLOGY: By creating a situation in which this passiveness is laid bare,
we endevour to promote a greater awareness of this universal castration
FACT: (Play by Play) Tanya entered from the Northeast corner... (Draw
diagrams with lots of X's and arrows. Use colored chalk.)
SYMBOLOGY: If X then Why?
FACT: A statement as to the intentions of the perpetrators was read. Please
refer to your handout on page 1 of the Introduction.
SYMBOLOGY: This statement, with which we read to the class with, is a
reference to every manifesto ever pompously conceived of. Every manifesto
ever pompously conceived of is a self-reference. Every self-reference
is indicative of an inflated ego. Every inflated ego deserves to be popped
(including our own). Every piece of popcorn symbolizes a compressed manifesto.
Every compressed manifesto is self-referencing this statement. This statement
contains all of the above. Repeat indefinately
FACT: Class members were blindfolded.
Blindness = Closemindedness
Blindness = Overlooked Opportunities
Blindness = The Slumbering Mind
Blindness = The Dormant Creative Force
Blindness = A Catalyst for Transport to the North Pole
Blindness = A Relief From Sensory Overload
Blindness = A Return to the Womb
Blindness = The Inability to See
Blindness = many other things (subject to individual interpretation)
STAGE 2: TRANSFORMATION
FACT: Blindfolded class members were navigated via rope to the North Pole.
SYMBOLOGY: First, the use of rope is a reminder of past abuses of power.
As the journey progresses, it is redefined as a link, bringing the future
community together as they complete the transformative process.
FACT: Various and sundry propagandas were propagated throughout the migration.
SYMBOLOGY: The intention of said propagation was to stimulate alternative
thought processes, while simultaneously lambasting our own pretensions.
FACT: The final destination was the North Pole - physically recognizable
as the Mills College Cemetary.
SYMBOLOGY: Graveyards are more spiritually oriented than classrooms. Furthermore,
we hated to see a beautiful day being wasted inside.
STAGE 3: EMPOWERMENT
FACT: Upon arrival, blindfolds were removed.
SYMBOLOGY: The ramifications are obvious.
FACT: The North Pole had lots of stuffed animals in trees, pinecones with
handles and a nifty flag.
SYMBOLOGY: Please refer to page 3 of your hand out. ________, would you
please read aloud the Official Preamble to the Official Manifesto of the
FACT: The Official Preamble to the Official Manifesto of the North Pole
and the Official North Pole Manifesto were recited.
SYMBOLOGY: This should be self-evident, however we shall clarify- The
North Pole is a country that was founded under the auspices of creative
freedom, expression of the absurd and snacking. Some concepts related
to the North Pole include: receptions, spectacles, Winnie the Pooh, improvisation,
revolutions, guerilla theater, site-specific performance, coups, satire
and parodies, pomp and circumstance, national holidays, Dada, laundry,
kidnapping, the aurora borealis, chaos theory, rites of passage, barbecues
and picnics, Ren and Stimpy, winning the lottery, cabaret, nonsense poetry,
defiance, adreneline junkies, conceptual dishwashing, and ice cream heists.
FACT: An Invitation to become a citizen was issued to all present.
SYMBOLOGY: The act of invitation, as opposed to insistation is mandatory,
as the only good choice is a free choice. Furthermore it reinforces the
concept, central to North Polian philosophy, that (See Manifesto, Stanza