Clark Flood hard drive dump, Pt V: Level Four Infractions

Clark Flood’s 20 "Objects in the Mirror" essays, published in
2006-2007 on Glasstire, were widely disseminated and discussed around
the web. His new book
Clerk Fluid
includes all 20 "Objects" essays, photographs taken by Flood, and
finally, previously unpublished, unfinished and unedited drafts
straight out of his hard drive.
The following is one of those drafts.

 

Level Four Infractions by Clark Flood

Let Clark Flood take you…

BEHIND THE SCENES OF LITERARY SENSATION:
TAILINGS FROM TALENT’S ABANDONED STRIP-MINE!
THE SINGLE-HIT PIPE OF SUCCESS CLOGGED BY GUMMY CLUMPS OF HATEFUL ASH

Shelby Sendelbach, a sixth-grader in the Katy Independent School District, was read her rights, ticketed and punished with a mandatory four-month assignment to an alternative school because she wrote “I love Alex” on a gymnasium wall with a baby blue Sharpie.

The graffiti offense is a Level 4 infraction in the district’s discipline plan, along with making terroristic threats, possessing dangerous drugs, and assaulting with bodily injury. Only a Level 5 – for murder, possessing firearms, committing aggravated or sexual assault, arson or other felonies – is more severe…

The Harris County district attorney’s office declined to prosecute the case as a felony.

OUR VISION
 
Imagine a city where, through the hand of the artist, ordinary everyday objects are transformed into something extraordinary. Imagine a city bench or a bus stop which is unique and colorful. Manhole covers and treeguards which while functional, are also whimsical works of art. Civic art is a way to enhance our city, strengthen our neighborhoods and provide color and character to our public spaces.

OUR VISION
Imagine a secret, illegal detention and interrogation center where, through the hand of the artist, ordinary everyday objects are transformed into something extraordinary. Imagine a water-board or a sleep deprivation chamber which is unique and colorful. Tasers and blindfolds which while functional, are also whimsical works of art. Civic art is a way to enhance our unaccountability, strengthen our interrogation techniques and provide color and character to our secret torture facilities.

A giant safety restraint adorns the San Jacinto Monument to remind motorists that seatbelts save lives.

Recent years have seen civic art constantly redefined as artists tackle the challenges afforded by projects in an unprecedented variety of public places. Communities have commissioned artists to create new works in connection with projects as diverse as historic districts, sports facilities, theaters, bus stations and transit systems, power substations, airports, city streets and roadways, as well as public buildings, parks and plazas.

Recent years have seen submission to corporate fascism constantly redefined as artists tackle the challenges afforded by projects in an unprecedented variety of fake public places. Bureaucracies posing as communities have commissioned artists to create disinformative, disguising and distracting works in connection with projects as diverse as the suppression of free speech, systematic crowd dispersal, the S&L bailout, stolen elections and voter fraud, the suffocation of human dialog, airport security, police oppression and brutality, as well as prisons, holding pens and labor camps.

2004 (January) Cultural Arts Council presents 38 for XXXVIII, an exhibition of artist-modified footballs created to join the city-wide celebration of Super Bowl XXXVIII. The exhibition was presented at Reliant Energy Plaza (1000 Main).

Artists bring a sense of identity to communities. They provide a means of expression, a way to focus and build neighborhood pride. Through a civic art program and the resulting interaction, a community can begin to realize its own creative potential as a means of addressing the issues it confronts.

Artists bring a sense of surrendered identity to communities. They provide a means of suppression, a way to simulate and preempt neighborhood pride. Through a civic art program and the resulting interaction, a community can begin to negate its own creative potential as a means of addressing the issues it confronts, without ever really noticing what it has lost.

The Houston Midtown Management District, Clark Condon Associates and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County reserve the right to reject all submissions and cancel the project.

Cleric fluide, 1797

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A Visit to the Comedy Clubs


The Arts and Houston: A Prosperous Partnership

The arts sector is a critical element of the economic and cultural vitality of the Greater Houston region. The arts sector is an economic generator for the city, providing employment opportunities for Houstonians and investing in products and services offered by other businesses in the city. The arts sector contributes to making Houston a more livable city, attracting and retaining a talented workforce. The arts sector provides entertainment options and brings positive national attention to Houston, enhancing the city’s reputation and attractiveness as a travel and convention destination. The arts sector offer learning and leisure opportunities for residents of all ages, who can enjoy diverse and engaging arts activities year round in Houston.

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Prisons and Houston: A Prosperous Partnership

The prison sector is a critical element of the economic and cultural vitality of the Greater Houston region. The prison sector is an economic generator for the city, providing employment opportunities for Houstonians and investing in products and services offered by other businesses in the city. The prison sector contributes to making Houston a more livable city, attracting and retaining a talented workforce. The prison sector provides entertainment options and brings positive national attention to Houston, enhancing the city’s reputation and attractiveness as a travel and convention destination. The prison sector offer leisure and learning opportunities for residents of all ages, who can enjoy diverse and engaging prison activities year round in Houston.


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Why advocate for the arts?

The arts sector has not traditionally promoted its contributions or impact in a community’s well-being; for all we perform on the stage, we’ve been shy when it comes to tooting our own horn! Yet the arts, as noted above, are an intrinsic part of a healthy and vibrant community. The arts do not depend solely on public funding, as arts organizations generate earned revenue and solicit support from the private sector. However, public funding is an important component of the arts economy and serves to maintain public access to the arts.

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Why advocate for prisons?

The prison sector has not traditionally promoted its contributions or impact in a community’s well-being; for all we perform record numbers of executions, we’ve been shy when it comes to lethally injecting ourselves into the mainstream! Yet the prisons, as noted above, are an intrinsic part of a healthy and vibrant community. Prisons do not depend solely on public funding, as prisons generate earned revenue and solicit support from the private sector. However, public funding is an important component of the prison economy and serves to maintain public access to fear.

In May, the Dallas City Council passed an ordinance allowing police to arrest individuals carrying spray paint and graffiti tools, even if they weren’t painting. Dallas police said they don’t track the number of people arrested on those graffiti charges.

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The proposed programs include Deming’s Stamp Out Graffiti! which will utilize its STAR (Specialized Treatment and Rehabilitation) Leadership Academy, a day “boot camp” for adjudicated youth, ages 12 to 18, who are on probation but attend school, to head up a coalition with the Deming School District and other local organizations. The pilot project will combine education, incentives and law enforcement, to reach its goal of reducing graffiti by 50 percent in targeted areas in the first year.

The proposed programs include Lemming’s Stamp Out Art! which will utilize its PORNSTAR (Pissed Off Redneck Neighborhoods Specialized Treatment and Rehabilitation) Leadership Academy, a day “boot camp” for art bureaucrats, ages 22-60, who have escaped the wrath of angry mobs but are being held, for their own safety, in a re-education facility, which only looks and feels like prison, to head up a coalition with the Lemming Fuck School District and other local organizations, which need a convenient source of cheap or slave labor. The pilot project will combine beating-oriented “education,” boondoggles for corporations, and an out-of-control Wild West law enforcement mentality to reach its publicity-friendly goal of reducing the plague of Art by 80 percent in targeted areas in the first 30 days.

The YMCA of Riverside City & County will develop and protect a Graffiti-Free Zone within a one-mile radius of each of the two YMCA-operated Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) sites. The YMCA projects will use collaboration-building and graffiti identification to coordinate the achievement of a Graffiti-Free Zone with the business community and Riverside County’s Graffiti Abatement efforts. The YOC youth will prevent and remove graffiti in an effort to demonstrate their pride in the community.

The YMCA (Youth Must be Crushed in America) of Shiverside City & County will develop and protect an Art-Free Zone within a fifty-mile radius of each of the two YMCA-operated Youth No-Opportunity Center (YNOC) sites. The YMCA projects will use indoctrination, threats, blackmail, barbwire enclosures, crayons, dead animals, chalkboards, sleep deprivation, blindfolds, warm unidentified liquids and art identification to coordinate the achievement of an Art-Free Zone with the business community and Shiverside County’s Art Abatement efforts. The YOC youth will prevent and remove art in an effort to use up their budget, receive further funding, get some new helicopters, pay for trips to Europe and Cancun and publish documents full of buzzwords like “pride” and “community.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, graffiti contributes to lost revenue associated with reduced ridership on transit systems, reduced retail sales, and declines in property values.

 According to the L.S. Department of Imaginary Statistics, graffiti contributes to autism, widespread looting, an alarming surge in cannibalism, 300,00 home invasions a month, a series of unsolved mutilation murders in America’s baboon-heartland, the unprecedented rise in genetic mutations, the imminent extinction of the Chinese river dolphin, global warming, new varieties of hepatitis, massive solar flares, the heartbreak of psoriasis, the Challenger disaster, and Billy’s D in math.

From parts of Fort Bend County to Highway 288, officers say the taggers left their mark and more than $20,000 in property damage.

That included some work done at Bellaire High where they attend.

That led police to believe they could be part of a larger crime operation.

“That just aggravated a lot of us. I just can’t wait to get a hold of these guys,” said Officer Overstreet.

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Union Carbide and Bhopal: A Prosperous Partnership

The Union Carbide carbaryl manufacturing plant is a critical element of the economic and cultural vitality of Bhopal. The plant is an economic generator for the city, providing employment opportunities for Bhopalians and investing in products and services offered by other businesses in the city. Union Carbide contributes to making Bhopal a more livable city, attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

Imagine 40 tons of methyl isocyanate gas that is colorful and unique!

Exxon and Prince William Sound: A Prosperous Partnership!
Oil suffocated otters which, while fully dysfunctional, are also whimsical works of art!

Quick Tips:

Request that reporters avoid showing graffiti, as it only gives more fame to the person who did it.

Never mention vandals by their tag names in stories.

Involve reporters in local graffiti prevention and cleanup activities.

Never refer to graffiti vandals as “artists.”

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In today’s competitive environment, with limited resources, increasing needs and an ever-growing cadre of special interests, the position of the arts vis-à-vis public funding and public support is fragile. Citizen’s advocacy for the arts is essential to maintain the public support that is necessary for a healthy arts community. If you want to see more arts in the schools, more arts in your community, become an advocate for the arts!

In today’s competitive environment, with limited resources, increasing needs and an ever-growing cadre of special interests, the position of the Big Lie vis-à-vis public funding and public support is fragile. Citizen’s complicity in the suppression of human creativity is essential to supporting the social order that is eliminating all life on earth and for a “fair” return to our shareholders. If you want to see more spiritual desolation in the schools, more bovine indifference in your community, become an advocate for what we are calling the arts!

Derek Dudd

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Clark Flood is a freelance writer living in Houston. 

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Also by Clark Flood:

Clark Flood hard drive dump, Pt I:
Spirituality and the Arts

Clark Flood hard drive dump, Pt. II: Each in
Turn

Clark Food hard drive dump, Pt. III: At the
Cinema




Clark Flood hard drive dump, Pt IV: Dear Artist #3

 

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3 responses to “Clark Flood hard drive dump, Pt V: Level Four Infractions”

  1. Nice, ten years after twaddle blossom upends empathy for the ax swinging gash dripping Karla Faye we’re getting somewhere.

  2. …I’m going to send you my autographed copy of his book. Take good care of it.

  3. one nightstands….hindsight sucks.

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