September 2003
volume 1, issue 2

  The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
3424 council Street
Los Angeles CA 90004

Marc Herbst, Robert Herbst
Contributing Editors
Alan Minsky, Christina Ulke
Copy Editors
Yael Grauer
Christina Ulke, design based on 1st issue - designed by Ben Benjamin
Kimberly Varella
Mark Allen, Michael Asher, Michael Baers, Cara Baldwin, Alexis Bhagat, Mariana Botey, Nathaniel Clark, Nicole Cousino, DRS, Ben Ehrenreich, Chris Elliot, Karl Erickson, Peter Fend, Aaron Gach, Morten Goll, E.A. Hansen, Mark Hagen, Marc Herbst, Robby Herbst, Matt Hope, Maria Karlsson, Olga Koumoundouros, Tessa Laird-Shimada, Sarah Lewison, Karen Lofgren, Kelly Marie Martin, Yates McKee, Albert Ortega, Trevor Paglen, Jon Phillips, Patrick Reinsborough, Bea Schlingelhoff-Gross, Benjamin Shepard, Gregory Sholette, Michelle Sinagayan, Glen Howard Small, Liz Stromme, Neil Stuber, Christina Ulke, Sam White.
Thank you
Keith Stern-Pirlot, Jason Brown, Steve and Liz Anderson, Lize Mogel, Julie Connors-Daniels, Frank Sosa, Animal Charm, Emily Forman, Brett Bloom, Deb Diehl, AK Press, Trevor Paglen, DSLR, Karen Lofgren, Scott Benzel, Aaron Gach, Soft Skull Press, Amitis Motevalli, Diane Lent, B+ and Eric Coleman, Anthony McCann, Jay Erker, Lisa Freedom, Gwynneth Porter, Mark von Schlegell, Chris Kraus, Mat Gleason, Daniel J. Martinez, Daniel Malone, Grey Filistine, Greg Sholette, David Hollander.
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Alexis Bhagat is a sound artist and writer from New York City. He is co-editor of "Sound Generation: Recording - Tradition - Politics" a collection of interviews with 21 sound artists, to be published this year by Chronoplastics. He recently returned from in India where he was working on a collection of art historical and philosophical essays on sound. He speaks broken Japanese, broken Russian and not much Hindi. Please drop him a line, if you like, at

Mariana Botey was born in Mexico City in 1969. She worked in experimental theater and studied film at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) between 1985 and 1991. In 1991 she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins School of the Arts. She lived in London for seven years, where she worked on many different live arts, installation projects and exhibitions. In 1996 she returned to Mexico to do research for her thesis while living and working in the Zapatista community La Garucha, Chiapas. A current resident of Los Angeles, she has an M.F.A. from the Studio Art Department at the University of California, Irvine. Her work in film and video installation experiments with ritual, coded and subcultural languages used as tools for critical resistance. She is currently engaged in the making of the Tezcatlipoca Series; a collection of short films that appropriate the Mexica tradition into a contemporary frame of metaphors and references.

Ben Ehrenreich is a writer based in Los Angeles who writes regularly for L.A. Weekly, the Village Voice and a bunch of other publications.

Aaron Gach draws on his experiences as a magician's apprentice, a ninja's disciple, and a private investigator's observant shadow to help organize the Center for Tactical Magic.

Yael Grauer is a writer/editor and plant geek currently residing in Tucson. She enjoys making weird concoctions in the kitchen, harvesting rainwater and smashing the state.

E.A. Hansen is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.

Marc Herbst. As an artist, besides writing, editing and researching, he makes art. A practioner of the plastic arts, he studies both the poetic and political through efforts in different forms and locations that play with disjunctures between the phenomenological moment and historic perspectives. Verdant, he has a deeply abiding faith in the criminal element that lives in his garden.

Robby Herbst was in a Junior High play about the lost civilization of Atlantis; a member of chorus, he "sang the body electric." When he isn't celebrating the moon and the earth he can be found selling avocados at farmers markets, putting in applications for teaching jobs he'll never get, petting his cats, and scheming up ways to use the word praxis. He likes meeting new people who inevitably will be classified as either theory or practice.

Tessa Laird-Shimada is an artist and writer from New Zealand. She came to Los Angeles in 2000 to acquire a hyphenated name. However she and her hyphen are returned to New Zealand in April 2003 as a protest against war, Hollywood and air pollution. She can be reached at

Yates McKee is a writer in the Big Apple.

Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer currently working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. His work encodes and decodes physical and cultural landscapes in ways that challenge the assumptions, proscriptions, and prohibitions built into human environments. Borrowing
heavily from the physical and human sciences, Paglen uses a broad range of contemporary media to develop projects for cultural institutions, activist organizations, and urban landscapes.

Patrick Reinsborough is a grassroots organizer and popular educator who has worked on a range of issues including forest protection, police brutality, peace in Northern Ireland, indigenous rights. Patrick spent 4 years as the organizing director of the Rainforest Action Network. Patrick is the co-founder of the Wake Up America Campaign and the smartMeme project that work to deepen analysis, develop new social change tools and promote a culture of strategy in direct action movements. When he's not organizing or dreaming up revolutionary jargon, Patrick spends his time reading Curious George books to his son Zev.

Bea Schlingelhoff-Gross is a New York City based public high-school teacher. She can be reached at 1015 44th Avenue, Long Island City NY 11101-6913

Benjamin Shepard is an active member of The Absurd Response and Reclaim the Streets New York. He is co-editor of From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization (Verso, 2002).

Gregory Sholette is an artist, writer, activist and founding member of Political Art Documentation and Distribution and the REPOhistory. He is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Christina Ulke is a Los Angeles based public artist, educator and cultural organizer. Co-founder of Her practice revolves around articulations of self-institutions and autonomous networks, collaborations and public dissemination strategies. She currently teaches post-industrial media theory at UCSD.

Kimberly Varella recently designed Tino Rodriguez San Jose Museum's exhibition catalogue. She's an art director for Eclipse advertising.

Sam White lives concealed in the breast pocket of a meandering giant who, for many years, has quietly commanded Sam to scribble his notes on lint and coarse pocket thread. When the writings are complete the giant holds the lint and coarse thread up to his enormous eye and mispronounces nearly every syllable. In this way the giant has gained a wife, a lover, and many admirers who travel countless arduous miles to hear the giant's brave ruminations on such subjects as the evil of the tides, action gardening,
and the evil of children. For his service Sam is rewarded periodically with a crushing avalanche of cornbread that Sam must eat his way out of all the while giving thanks.