Atari Teenage Riot and activist group Anonymous collaborate for the 2nd video edit of "Black Flags. Fans and friends of Atari Teenage Riot and Anonymous, including support from Steve Aoki, Boots Riley, and Occupy Wall Street, supplied the footage for the ongoing video project.
The latest single from album ‘Is This Hyperreal?’, explodes as a political anthem declaring Atari Teenage Riots’ support for Anonymous’ human rights campaign. The viral videos for “Black Flags” exhibit several ardent visuals, such as monolithic black flags, anonymity and “corpsing”. Together these solidify the ideals of the movement and absorb the basic principles of equality and freedom.
“Are you ready to testify?” Anonymous Teenage Riot invites you to submit a video statement and support. For more information in Alec Empire’s statement below, and via
Atari Teenage Riot’s Alec Empire:
“In the past decade we have witnessed how dangerous corruption can be for ordinary citizens, from Fukushima to the financial crisis, we could even include the current phone hacking scandals in the UK in this. The list goes on. Almost weekly more shocking news is being published. Corporate greed has too often put the lives of people in danger.
Historically, the Black Flag stood for not belonging to a certain Nation State (due to the fact that no national colors were used on it). For the us, it means also that no individual can look at him/herself as superior to others just because of his/her national identity.
The mainstream media often looks at “consumers” and labels them as “apathetic.” But as the protests around the world have indicated, there is more political activism than ever before. And not only that, we see the same activism and energy at our concerts.
Cynics always find many reasons for not doing anything and being miserable. Often they say that the world is too “complex” to get involved. We believe that even though the world is complex, there are some fundamentally powerful ideas. Respect for another human being, for example, is a fundamental idea that grants great power.
If you agree to the basic principles of equality and freedom, join us and make a statement!
If you want to be in the video and show that you support the ideals mentioned above, please send us the following footage:
• Take your mobile phone, webcam or any other camera and film yourself lip-synching the song Atari Teenage Riot - Black Flags (feat. Boots Riley) by Alec Empire/ ATR
• Have a black flag in the background, or hold it while you’re lip-syncing. (The black flag motif will link all images together. If you don’t have one to hand, use a black T-shirt, pull it inside out, stick the arms into it…there you go.)
• You can choose any location for it. If you want to do it at home, great. If you know a crazy location, do it there. (In front of your school or university? At a shopping mall? With your friends at a party?)
• We will use fragments of all videos, which are sent in and ultimately add all of you to the official video.
• If you want to support the idea but want to do so anonymously, you can cover your face. No problem.”