Street Artist Charged with 56 Counts for Punking NYPD with Drone Poster

December 5, 2012
Essan Attia is charged for posters pointing to police use of drones.

Street artist Essan Attia is being charged with 56 criminal counts after planting dozens of mock public service posters around New York, advertising the NYPD's use of drones to monitor civilians. He was arrested in New York last week after being tracked down by an ill-humored police force. Attia's arrest followed on a video interview the artist gave with the arts and culture website Animal New York, in which he described some of his motivations—including his libertarian political leanings—and how he pulled off the stunt:


March 28, 2012
Under Threat
Northern Visions is a pioneering community media center in Northern Ireland threatened with loss of funding.

Supporters of Northern Visions today began campaigning to prevent the
closure of Belfast’s only open access community digital media and arts
centre. The organisation exhausted all formal channels when it learned
last week that it did not fit with the remits of the Arts Council of
Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen. Core funding for the
centre was previously received from both bodies. Effectively, it has
been told by these two bodies, that it is neither a film nor an arts
organisation. The centre was established in 1986 and is situated in