Virtual Protest with The Illuminator

In the wake of the 2012 student uprisings, the Québécois government installed the P-6 Regulations, which restricted the amount of people allowed to demonstrate in public space to a mere 50. With the inception of this and other anti-protest laws, we have witnessed the familiar authoritarian impulse that has repeatedly emerged during times of popular unrest. In 2014, The Illuminator projected virtual protests throughout Montreal onto landmarks associated with the student movement to stand both as tribute to popular uprisings and as a strategy to navigate the post-P-6 landscape.

In the era of Covid-19, when we cannot gather in mass to protest, and when there is so much to demonstrate about, we have taken our Protest Generator to the web, to create a virtual protest that everyone can participate in. Over three days, this online demonstration will collect your thoughts, wishes and demands related to the current covid crisis, the climate crisis, our need to care for each other, divestment and resource protections, a push for voting and the need for change in the Fall. While this is not intended to supplant traditional forms of demonstrating IRL, a protest is in part a visual spectacle, its visibility determined by the level of participation.

To Participate
in this Protest:

  1. Visit http://theilluminator.org/virtualprotest/
  2. Draw, write or type your message. Keep in mind that the screen canvas is the size of your protest sign, so write big enough for spectators to see!
  3. Press Save when you’re done.
  4. Make sure you RSVP and are on the Zoom between 6:45-7:00pm on Thursday and Friday to see the protest!

Music by: Yul – Virevolte (Remastered Mix)Composed & produced by Yul℗ 2016 Résiste© AlterK, EOS Publishing & Résiste

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