SUE JACKSON Therapist | Writer | Photographer | Activist

An avid blogger for the last fifteen years, I believe in the power of the word to change the world. I have participated in, and reported on, a range of protests during this period, including the successful East-West Link campaign and, more recently, our wonderful, home-grown Extinction Rebellion (XR). If you believe, like I do, that it is time for ordinary people to rise up in defence of the planet, I encourage you to explore this blog, share it with your networks, and – of course – take action.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Disgustation, Dancing with Death & IMARC

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Yarra Promenade South Wharf was the glorious setting last night for an XR double bill. The aim was to draw attention to the nefarious International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) which - in case you have been on the moon - has been on in Melbourne this week.  

At the Discobedience event climate activists, by dancing with death, (above) highlighted the terrifying future that awaits us if agendas like those of the conference are not thwarted: 'We will be dancing with death to draw attention to the deaths of the Indigenous people across the world and the ongoing death of our planet due to the actions of these mining companies.'

As IMARC delegates sat down to their banquet in Palladium at Crown Casino another group of elegantly-attired diners nearby were looking forward to experiencing an al fresco Disgustation.

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The Degustation organisers were able to obtain advance copies of the Palladium menu, so the al fresco diners were treated to a sneak peak at what the IMARC diners had to look forward to. Passers-by, to whom the menus were distributed by waitstaff (below), found them full of gastronomical surprises.

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The Starter was 'a platter of rare Great Barrier Reef fish with twists of bleached coral and a crown-of- thorns starfish glaze'. The main courses included 'high-grade black coal garnished with sun-dried bees'. And for greedy delegates there was a delicious concoction of heat-stressed berries on a bed of exotic weeds available for dessert.

In solidarity with their IMARC neighbors, the Disgustation diners agreed to sup on a dish featuring steel wool. I don't think Audrey (below) looked too happy at the prospect.

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Meanwhile further along the Promenade the Discobedience was well underway.
The dancers' evening attire, covered with blood and signage, might have seen better days and they were sometimes encumbered with weighty accessories, but nothing could undermine the enthusiasm of swing fans dancing to challenge death. 

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Passers by and restaurant customers certainly appreciated the show and the contact with roving activists too.

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There was also a 'die-in' at Discobedience. Greta Thunberg's recorded message sounded particularly portentous in the waning river light.

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Here are the Discobedience crew back on their feet (or at least most of them are):

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What a night it was.
I was particularly stuck by the contribution of the outriggers. Those opting to mingle with the crowds and missing out on the dancing at the Discobedience, and the others, encased in Disgustation sandwich boards, spending their evening handing out menus and missing the meal. (Wise move!) Rosie (below) is one such person, who concluded her time was well spent when a conference delegate from India stopped to talk and seemed receptive to her views. 

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 Here are more of those sandwich boards (complete with seagulls). Perhaps they are waiting for you?:

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Blogger Luke C Jackson said...

Excellent article. Such an inventive form of civil disobedience, too. :)

11:17 PM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Thanks for your comment Luke. It was great last night. And the costumes, props,signage are just brilliant. The experience sure made me feel more hopeful!

11:48 PM  
Blogger theeffortlessgolfer said...

A great, innovative, important event and excellent post Sue (great pictures). Well done.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Thank you very much Effortless Golfer. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

3:22 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Thanks Sue. Great coverage!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Jane Ellen said...

Great stuff, Sue. The more theatrical the better. We missed you at Spanish convo but save the world if you must. Abrazos, Jane E

3:02 AM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Thanks for the feedback Donna. It was a great night.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Glad you enjoyed the post Jane. Also thank you for persisting and leaving a comment - I know it can sometimes be a challenge. But, as you know I do love conversation, even if it's not in Spanish!

1:25 PM  

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