The Gun Amnesty Picnic is a collective
Picnic cloths cut into heart shapes structure
the space of a park in groups, large enough for the encounter
of persons one doesn't know, but small enough for a real possibility
A table in a restaurant has a "Border"
and isolates couples, groups and individuals one from another.
In a Picnic, there is no Border, there is just a territory of
sharing, more and more rare in our social behaviour.
In the middle of each heart the participants
are invited to display all the items among their belongings which
could be considered as a weapon: a book, a knife, a toy-gun...
Weapons and Wars are everywhere, in our
mind, in our culture through the history of nations, in our kitchens,
in our children's bedrooms...
There is no respect for Human Rights
in video-games and when the game becomes real war, this disrespect
continues... The paradigms of killing, torturing, destroying
the others still remains as a major technological target.
The Picnic will be a major occasion for
filling in the "Declaration of Human Hearts" papers....
The whole event could be documented in video and we can organise
talks and debates around the subject. There is also an important
educational aspect in this event.
Parents can explain to their children
that game-boys, gun-toys, Playstations are weapons, and obey
the same laws relating to the virtualisation of the suffering
of the others as the destructive weapons used by our most technologised
Without this explanation, future generations
will still take pleasure in the destruction of the others, as
if the whole world were a virtual game.
The event replies in a way to our main
question: What can performance do for human rights, and human
rights for performance?