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Chinese Government Detains Brooklyn Artist Activist
August 21st, 2008

A prominent new media artist from Brooklyn, James Powderly, was detained by Chinese authorities earlier this week for his involvement in a pro-Tibet protest. The Associated Press reported earlier this morning that although other protesters rounded up at the same time have been released, Powderly remains in custody.

Powderly, founder of the Graffiti Reasearch Lab, had planned on projecting the words “Free Tibet” onto the side of a prominent landmark after being dis-invited from an art show in Bejing for refusing to censor his work. He said he “wonders why organizations like the MoMA, Parsons, Eyebeam, Ars Electronica and many other arts and cultural institutions around the world who claim to support free speech and expression would participate in a show like this.”

The blog Animal New York has declared a “Free James Powderly Movement,” and has been posting designs advocating his release.

By on August 21, 2008, 11:19 am
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2 Responses to “Chinese Government Detains Brooklyn Artist Activist”

  1. Peter Truong Says:
    August 21st, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Words for James. Don’t advertise your company (Graffiti Reasearch Lab) that way. You may risk your life and lose your company just because you think you can save thousand dollars on TV and medias.

  2. Bookmarks about Electronica Says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 1:45 am

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