In December, 2011, I visited a protest outside of the Credit Suisse offices in Manhattan to make sound recordings. Below is the podcast that resulted. The event was staged against that day’s military contracting meeting, hosted by Credit Suisse, but connections to Occupy Wall Street were evident on many levels, from the organization of the protest to the perceptions of observers.

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I wore a pressed shirt in order to better engage not only protesters and passersby but also with bankers as they left work and took stock of the chanting crowd. I wanted t get as many voices as possible, from the staunchest defenders of OWS and related movements to its arch-opponents. Not because all of these perspectives are equally valid, but because we get a richer picture of how OWS has affected the psyche and political landscape of our world when we consider the dissent and ambivalence OWS encountered as well as its networks of support. Hearing the voices of bankers and defense contractors who can barely contain their rage at OWS should, in fact, tell us a great deal about how much the movement has achieved. Meanwhile, we also hear certain slippages–privileged people who can’t hide their sympathy.

The audio piece that resulted intersperses voices as well as perspectives. Hear it here:

Protest as Religion

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