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|artist=Aaron Bell / Artwork: Stand Tall, Stand Loud
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|artist=Roopa Vasudevan and Atif Ateeq ("Hands Up" installation),
|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Public Art
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|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion
|confronting_bodies=New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
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|confronting_bodies=Flux Factory, NYPD Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
|medium=Sculpture, Public Art
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|medium=Electronic Media, Installation, Mixed Media
|date_of_action=June 2016
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|date_of_action=May 2015
|location=New York City
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|location=Flux Factory, Long Island City (Queens), NY
|description_of_content=Aaron Bell's ''Stand Tall, Stand Loud'', is a sixteen-foot tall Cor-ten steel sculpture located in Riverside Park, New York City. The sculpture is composed of a stylized figure and a noose with a slash through it in place of a head. Bell's proposed design was selected by the Art Students League for Model to Monument (M2M), a public art program administered in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Bell, who is African American, conceived the sculpture as a statement against hate and bigotry. The sculpture's base is inscribed with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."
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|description_of_content=HANDS UP is an interactive installation that explores law enforcement’s relationship with people of color. The installation simulates the experience of being confronted by the police in the manner that resulted in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Ferguson, MO. The piece directly places visitors in the chaotic and overwhelming moments that have since led to an ongoing debate about the state of race relations in America. Video plays on loop of Freddie Gray’s arrest in Baltimore, and police shootings of Walter Scott in South Carolina and Michael Brown in Ferguson. The installation is meant to be experienced alone.
|description_of_incident=A public art coordinator for city parks, Jennifer Lantzas, contacted Parks staff with concerns that "the image of the noose could be problematic for the borough" (Ginia Bellafante, NYTimes May 27, 2016). Parks spokesman Sam Biederman said that Bell's project was rejected because the site, near West 68th Street in Riverside Park, "is adjacent to an area regularly programmed with passive recreational activities such as yoga, Pilates and senior movement." Bell was told to remove the noose element or forfeit the opportunity to install the sculpture; the M2M committee did not honor his repeated requests to explain or defend his concept. The sculpture was initially installed on schedule but with an alternative head element.
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|description_of_result=The NYC Parks Department reversed its decision to censor the sculpture after protests by NCAC and the involvement of attorney Norman Siegel on behalf of the artist. The noose element was fabricated in Cor-ten steel. It was installed on July 20, 2016.
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From the website: "One at a time, a viewer walks behind a curtain into a room containing a large wall of flashing red and blue lights. They hear the sounds of sirens and the voices of police telling them to put their hands up. Once they comply and their hands are in the air, a gunshot is heard, several blinding strobe flashes are triggered, and the noises disappear. The viewer is shaken by the sudden light and noise, and left in a chilling void of silence as they exit the space."
|image=Aaron Bell sculpture final2.jpg
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|description_of_incident=Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (the NYPD police union), told the Daily News: “This so-called ‘art project’ is based upon a lie and perpetuates a falsehood about police officers and their use of force. If art is supposed to enlighten and uplift, this piece of crap doesn’t qualify.” Lynch told PIX11 that he had not seen the installation, but he had heard about it.
|source=http://untappedcities.com/2016/06/20/art-students-league-m2m-program-arrives-in-riverside-park-nyc/
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|description_of_result=After being harassed, Flux Factory closed the space to the public for the remainder of the exhibition and visits to the installation could be made by appointment only. ('Hands Up' was scheduled to be on display at Flux Factory from May 15–19, 2015).
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|image=Roopa Vasudevan hands-up1.jpg
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|source=https://rouxpz.com/hands-up
 
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[http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/nyregion/a-problematic-sculpture-is-silenced-by-new-york-parks-officials.html A ‘Problematic’ Sculpture Is Silenced by New York Parks Officials by Ginia Bellafante MAY 27 2016]
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HANDS UP: https://rouxpz.com/hands-up
  
[http://gothamist.com/2016/06/17/noose_sculpture_green_lit.php Artist Will Finish 'Problematic' Noose Sculpture In Riverside Park by Emma Whitford JUN 17 2016]
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[https://www.indiawest.com/entertainment/global/indian-american-explores-police-gun-battle-deaths-through-digital-art/article_7a6c0bd8-0dff-11e5-bc8a-6f1f0f4b78c5.html Indian American Explores Police Gun Battle Deaths through Digital Art, Jun 8, 2015]
  
[http://untappedcities.com/2016/06/20/art-students-league-m2m-program-arrives-in-riverside-park-nyc/ Art Students League M2M Program Arrives in Riverside Park NYC, 06/20/2016, by AFineLyne]
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[https://hyperallergic.com/208206/crimes-of-the-art-13/ Crimes of the Art, Benjamin Sutton May 19, 2015]
  
[http://ncac.org/blog/stand-tall-stand-loud-censored-by-nyc-department-of-parks NCAC Letter to Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation]
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[https://pix11.com/2015/05/18/police-union-slams-hands-up-art-exhibit-in-queens/ Police union slams ‘Hands Up’ art exhibit in Queens, MAY 18, 2015]
  
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[http://player.ooyala.com/static/v4/stable/4.16.8/skin-plugin/iframe.html?ec=51Yng1dToZFIAZmKwnQ9BZO8_s2y6o9W&pbid=9ae34776f76145da969becdeb205e6a5&pcode=hpOTQyOnmbX84Mb9rpsdJwTfN9uo&fbclid=IwAR3WdCOB20CXXBhu5PVxUIoN4NqMLaQqrzmgHJDbYzIapmi4uNkJy_wwx8o Video interview (PIX11)]
  
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[https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/hands-flux-factory-installation-simulates-police-shooting-299454 Hands Up: Flux Factory Installation Simulates Police Shooting, by Cait Munro, May 18, 2015]
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[https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/nypd-union-slams-hands-art-installation-queens-article-1.2225266 NYPD union slams 'Hands Up' art installation in Queens, By THOMAS TRACY and ANDY MAI. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS MAY 17, 2015]
  
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[https://www.metro.us/new-york/controversial-queens-exhibit-simulates-police-shooting/zsJoeq---5RWYYzZsbHvK6 Controversial Queens exhibit simulates police shooting, By Nidhi Prakash, May 17, 2015]
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[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-newyork-handsup/new-york-exhibit-taps-into-dialogue-on-race-and-policing-idUSKBN0NZ27G20150515 New York exhibit taps into dialogue on race and policing, by Alice Popovici MAY 15, 2015]
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[https://www.instagram.com/p/2uRWQrrXah/?utm_source=ig_embed Flux Factory Instagram post, May 15, 2015: Hands Up]
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[http://www.fluxfactory.org/events-old/hands-up/ HANDS UP, a project by Atif Ateeq and Roopa Vasudevan / Opening Reception Friday May 15th, 7 – 10pm / On view May 15th-19th, 2015]
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Featured Case



Roopa Vasudevan hands-up1.jpg

Artist: Roopa Vasudevan and Atif Ateeq ("Hands Up" installation)

Year: 2015

Date of Action: May 2015

Region: North America

Location: Flux Factory, Long Island City (Queens), NY

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Electronic Media, Installation, Mixed Media

Confronting Bodies: Flux Factory, NYPD Patrolmen's Benevolent Association

Description of Artwork: HANDS UP is an interactive installation that explores law enforcement’s relationship with people of color. The installation simulates the experience of being confronted by the police in the manner that resulted in the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Ferguson, MO. The piece directly places visitors in the chaotic and overwhelming moments that have since led to an ongoing debate about the state of race relations in America. Video plays on loop of Freddie Gray’s arrest in Baltimore, and police shootings of Walter Scott in South Carolina and Michael Brown in Ferguson. The installation is meant to be experienced alone.

From the website: "One at a time, a viewer walks behind a curtain into a room containing a large wall of flashing red and blue lights. They hear the sounds of sirens and the voices of police telling them to put their hands up. Once they comply and their hands are in the air, a gunshot is heard, several blinding strobe flashes are triggered, and the noises disappear. The viewer is shaken by the sudden light and noise, and left in a chilling void of silence as they exit the space."

The Incident: Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (the NYPD police union), told the Daily News: “This so-called ‘art project’ is based upon a lie and perpetuates a falsehood about police officers and their use of force. If art is supposed to enlighten and uplift, this piece of crap doesn’t qualify.” Lynch told PIX11 that he had not seen the installation, but he had heard about it.

Results of Incident: After being harassed, Flux Factory closed the space to the public for the remainder of the exhibition and visits to the installation could be made by appointment only. ('Hands Up' was scheduled to be on display at Flux Factory from May 15–19, 2015).

Source: https://rouxpz.com/hands-up


HANDS UP: https://rouxpz.com/hands-up

Indian American Explores Police Gun Battle Deaths through Digital Art, Jun 8, 2015

Crimes of the Art, Benjamin Sutton May 19, 2015

Police union slams ‘Hands Up’ art exhibit in Queens, MAY 18, 2015

Video interview (PIX11)

Hands Up: Flux Factory Installation Simulates Police Shooting, by Cait Munro, May 18, 2015

NYPD union slams 'Hands Up' art installation in Queens, By THOMAS TRACY and ANDY MAI. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS MAY 17, 2015

Controversial Queens exhibit simulates police shooting, By Nidhi Prakash, May 17, 2015

New York exhibit taps into dialogue on race and policing, by Alice Popovici MAY 15, 2015

Flux Factory Instagram post, May 15, 2015: Hands Up


HANDS UP, a project by Atif Ateeq and Roopa Vasudevan / Opening Reception Friday May 15th, 7 – 10pm / On view May 15th-19th, 2015


What is Censorpedia?

Censorpedia is a crowdsourced online database of censorship cases within the arts and in culture. It is aimed at those researching censorship, at activists working for freedom of expression and at artists and other cultural producers whose expression has been subject to censorship or attempted censorship.

Censorpedia documents censorship incidents by providing the who, what, when, where and why. By providing a repository of information about what is vulnerable to censorship and about the strategies and tactics that have defeated previous’ censorship attempts, Censorpedia aids the fight for free expression.

Researchers can search for a specific case, year or keyword using the search box, as well as browse by medium, by grounds for censorship, or explore a random case.

Activists can search for ongoing cases or contribute a case that is ongoing or recently resolved.

Artists and cultural producers are similarly invited to add cases they are directly involved with or are familiar with first hand.

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