Mission: To smash the myths of the information industry and allow people to find out for themselves what the 99% movement is fighting for.
The Illuminator is a cargo van equipped with video and audio projection, as well as a fully stocked infoshop and mini-library. It is designed to bring the spirit of Occupy Wall Street to streets and neighborhoods throughout the boroughs of New York City and beyond. Just as the occupation of Zucotti Park allowed for a new kind of conversation to take place in NYC and the entire nation, The Illuminator is a “spectacularization machine” that stops people in their tracks and draws them into a space where similar kinds of conversations may take place. We believe that all of our grievances are connected, and that in order to effectively address the crises that we face we need to begin by talking with one another.
The Illuminator is a tactical media tool, available to the movement. Whether it’s coming to a demonstration or rally and adding a bit of visual energy and pop, or it’s the centerpiece around which an event is organized, or even if it’s randomly appearing at a busy intersection and creating a spectacular surprise, The Illuminator is a useful and beautiful instrument. It is a shapeshifter and a transformer of public space, switching from a bland white cargo van into a mobile spectacle, transforming from an enclosed private space into a public space for entertainment, education and dialogue, altering spaces that are normally used for transit into sites for community engagement. It disrupts the patterns of everyday life, and embodies the social and political transformations for which the occupy movement/99% movement continues to fight.