Letter to David Datuna on the future of art

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Hello, David.

I’m the artist that followed up your “hungry artist” performance with a performance of my own, (on December 8th), using lipstick on the wall where “Comedian” once hung. As I’m sure you know, I was arrested for my efforts, which created a memorable performance, and a brand new piece of visual art for the world to contemplate.

Tomorrow, I will be arraigned in a Miami court for creating these works of art where you previously created your highly respected piece.

Sadly, there are those who have said your consumption of “Comedian” amounted to the destruction of private property worth $120,000. It has even been suggested that art of this nature is merely a front for the wealthy to hide their financial assets, and this was nothing more than a publicity stunt or hoax to artificially increase the perceived value of a work which is merely “an idea.” Of course, the Perrotin Gallery disagreed with this notion, and decided not to press charges against you. Naturally, they believed you had made a new work, and they made a statement saying that art was the idea, and so no harm was done.

Likewise, no damage was done by my performance piece and visual creation. At the time of my performance, a representative of the gallery said that they wouldn’t press charges against me. What is troubling, is that when I have reached out to Perrotin, they have ignored me.

Without the gallery, or someone like yourself speaking out on my behalf, I will be put on trial. As a result, a judge or a jury may be put in a position to legally decide what is and what isn’t art. Not only would this establish precedent for artists like ourselves in the future, it might put the Miami Beach Police in a position where they would have to open an investigation into you and the Perrotin Gallery.

The personal injustice I suffered being put in shackles, and being forced to sleep on a cold prison bunk is certainly nothing like the injustices Ai Weiwei has suffered— nor those branded as “degenerate artists” by Adolph Hitler. But, if you and the art world choose to turn your collective backs on me tomorrow, you must ask yourself what will happen to you or the next artist who is put in this position?

I expect to rack up substantial expenses traveling back and forth to court, and fighting this legal battle, will be a Sisyphusian task. But it is a battle I am willing to fight— not just for myself— but so that if Marcel Duchamp were to walk into Art Basel next year, he would not be ashamed of his legacy. Of course, I have known from the moment I was put in handcuffs that this was also a part of the performance.

So, the question becomes, what is your part now? Will you speak up, or will you hang your head?

Do you have any statement that you wish me to share with the court, or future artists of the world?

I am cc’ing Perrotin on this message.

I hope you are well.

Sincerely,

Rod Webber

RodWebber.com

Update: it was suggested that Art Basel itself might be responsible for the legal actions, so I reached out to them. Here’s the letter:

Hi. My name is Rod Webber. I am the artist who was arrested on Dec. 8th for contributing a work of art to the Perrotin Gallery with lipstick. I am being arraigned tomorrow for this “art crime.” I was told by Perrotin Gallery they would not press charges. I have not heard back from them or David Datuna, so I can only guess that Art Basel is behind these punitive measures. I have written a letter to David outlining why this is all nonsense, and will set legal precedent for artists in the future. Not speaking up for me will result in a judge or jury deciding what art is. I hope you will speak up. Here is a link to the letter:
https://rodwebber.wordpress.com/2020/01/01/letter-to-david-datuna-on-the-future-of-art/

Shady Journalism/ Poisoned Ecosystem

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More of how the news ecosystem works:
I was approached by Barney Riley of NewsFlare, (a news aggregator), after I sprayed Epstein’s mansion on Dec 10th. Curious to view the poisonous ecosystem these aggregators have created, on Sunday, I posted my video of the Biden rally in New Hampshire. I included interviews with the protesters, and their names– like Will Turbitt, from Demand The Truth, who made the “pervert” remark which the news outlets are using.
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From there, I got a notice saying that my video was promoted to the Associated Press, Yahoo, Msn, Aol, Dailymotion, Generic feed, and Reuters. Shortly after that, I got a notice saying that the clip sold to the NY Post for 45 pounds.
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However, soon thereafter, it was published on MSN, DailyMotion, LiveLeak and One News Page, unaltered, and without payment.
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Late yesterday, the video popped up with my name cropped out on USA Today, The DesMoines Register, MSN… possibly more. The payment from the New York Post was immediate. Newsflare has not contacted me at all regarding payment for the other outlets.
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USA Today video

USA Today appears to steal Webber video from Rod Webber on Vimeo.

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Countless other outlets have published articles without my video– and to my knowledge, I have not seen any of them (other than mine) that credit Will Turbitt as the man in the video– other than Will Turbitt’s channel, of course.
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Obviously, the authors writing these articles weren’t even there– but millions of people read from these “journalistic” publications on a regular basis.
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Whatever you think of Joe Biden or the protesters is not the point. The fact that NewsFlare and these other outlets possibly stole it isn’t the point. (I use plenty of their videos too.) The point is that I metaphorically dumped some food-coloring into the system, and we can see how the garbage spreads. Give it some thought.
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I have reached out to Barney Riley at NewsFlare, but at the time of publication, he has not responded.
Here’s the original video:

Protesters confront Joe Biden at NH rally from Rod Webber on Vimeo.

Palm Beach PD Gang release Epstein Affidavit

 

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I’ve been doing a little bit of back and forth with Ryan Burgoon from the Palm Beach PD gang. They’ve titled him “detective”– a title which I understand you receive after a long hazing practice, and the promise of stolen money which they call a pension. It looks like they’ve sent him something for me from a fellow gang-member called an affidavit. At any rate, this is what Ryan sent to me today.

Good afternoon Mr. Webber,

I received this email today from my Records Department in regards to your request.  I also spoke with the State Attorneys office today and they are requesting that I file the criminal mischief charges with them in the form of a warrant.  With this being said you do not need to come to Palm Beach PD to sign any paperwork when you are down here handling the Miami case. If the State Attorney’s office decides to follow through with the charges you will be contacted and instructed on what to do.
Email me if you have any questions.
Detective Ryan Burgoon
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ashlee Justice <ajustice@palmbeachpolice.com>
Date: Dec 30, 2019 1:39 PM
Subject: 19-1629 – Open Investigation
To: Ryan Burgoon <RBurgoon@PalmBeachPolice.com>
Cc:

Attached is the face sheet for case #19-1629. At this time, the only thing available for Records on the case you’ve referred to is the face sheet. 19-1629 is still an open investigation and an arrest has not been made. In cases where an agency has made an arrest are still considered “under investigation” by the SAO. All documents and evidence submitted to the SAO during filing are part of the “discovery” process. Therefore, per FSS 119.071(2)(C)1, the only item that is a public record regarding the case where an arrest is made is the probable cause affidavit. Requests for ANY Evidence or Reports should be directed to the SAO. At the moment, a probable cause affidavit cannot be provided due to an arrest not being made at this time, which means just the face sheet is available for release.

Ashlee Justice

Records Specialist

345 S. County Road

Palm Beach, Fl. 33480

P: 561-227-6465

E: ajustice@palmbeachpolice.com

My response:

So, the State Attorney’s Office is requesting that you file a warrant, but you also have to wait to see if their office will follow through. Does this mean that you plan to file a warrant, which undergoes some approval process, or is it simply a question of them deciding whether the case is worth pursuing?
Also, since the Epstein Estate House Manager, (Carluz Toylo), is claiming $500 in damage, I must reiterate that hairspray would’ve come off in a minute with a garden hose. So, unless Carluz is getting paid $500 per minute, his claims are totally out of whack. Feel free to pass that along to the State Attorney’s Office.
Thanks
RW
THE AFFIDAVIT
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Rod Webber for sale.

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Since I’ve been de-platformed from YouTube, I’ve been conducting an experiment to try to better understand the filthy shark-infested media-ecosystem we are swimming in. Upon receiving media requests, I’ve answered as many as I can, including those seeking payment to aggregate my material. I incredibly dislike the thought of this, since in hte age of the click, the job of corporate media has become to take your material and reconstruct it to the point that one might confuse it with one of Hannah Höch’s Dadaist collages.
Case in point: I interviewed the Trump supporters protesting outside the Biden rally last night. Among them was a police officer named Steve who had a shouting match with Biden for a couple minutes. To me, that was the big the story.
I posted my video to an aggregator called NewsFlare which changed the title of the video from, “Protesters confront Joe Biden at NH rally,” to “US Presidential candidate Joe Biden heckled at campaign rally in New Hampshire: ‘Don’t touch kids you pervert.'”
Though, this isn’t a lie, it takes the events out of context, and totally omits that Will Turbitt from “Demand the Truth” (who stated “I hate Trump”) was the one saying, “Don’t touch kids you pervert.”
From there, NewsFlare sold the video to The New York Post for £45.00, who put the focus entirely on Will’s comments, and apparently it’s been sent out to a number of other outlets like DailyMotion.
I don’t know Will aside from last night, and might not agree with him on everything, but he’s a smart guy, and you can see that I even shared one of his videos interviewing Barrett Brown last week.
What’s sad about this little experiment is that I already know how sloppy and irresponsible the corporate media is. We can see that corporate media is fixated on the sensational aspects of the story. The question becomes, is it worth continuing the experiment knowing it’s negative results in advance? Since I have had my platform removed, is it necessary to work with corporate media to expose them? Will anyone listen? What about those who get thrown under the bus? Is anyone whatsoever paying attention?
Also… I asked Biden about time travel… So, there’s that.

Joe Biden speaks about time travel from Rod Webber on Vimeo.

The conflicts of interest of judge who put Assange in jail.

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 Assange’s case has been presided over by Emma Arbuthnot, the wife of James Arbuthnot, who has financial stake in companies exposed by WikiLeaks. Emma is now out for conflict of interests. 

If you’re too lazy to click over, here’s what the Daily Maverick reported: “Lady Arbuthnot has recently appointed a district judge to rule on Assange’s extradition case, but remains the supervising legal figure in the process. According to the UK courts service, the chief magistrate is ‘responsible for… supporting and guiding district judge colleagues.’”

The report said that Arbuthnot’s husband, Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a former British defense minister, “has financial links to the British military establishment, including institutions and individuals exposed by WikiLeaks.” It said the judge herself had also received gifts “including from a military and cybersecurity company exposed by WikiLeaks.”

…and here’s more Daily Maverick reporting from Friday:

“The son of Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate overseeing the extradition proceedings of Julian Assange, is the vice-president and cyber-security adviser of a firm heavily invested in a company founded by GCHQ and MI5 which seeks to stop data leaks, it can be revealed.

Alexander Arbuthnot’s employer, the private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, has a multimillion-poundinvestment in Darktrace, a cyber-security company which is also staffed by officials recruited directly from the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

These intelligence agencies are behind the US government’s prosecution of Julian Assange for publishing secret documents. Darktrace has also had access to two former UK prime ministers and former US President Barack Obama.

The revelations raise further concerns about potential conflicts of interests and appearance of bias concerning Lady Arbuthnot and the ties of her family members to the UK and US military and intelligence establishments. Lady Arbuthnot’s husband is Lord James Arbuthnot, a former UK defence minister who has extensive links to the UK military community.

As far as is known, Lady Arbuthnot has failed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest in her role overseeing Assange’s case. However, UK legal guidance states that “any conflict of interest in a litigious situation must be declared.’”

 

 

 

 

The Alleged Epstein Affidavit

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If you have followed along with the case, you are already aware that I was arrested for writing “Epstien didn’t kill himself “in red lipstick at the Perotten Gallery at Art Basel on December 8, 2019.

On December 10, 2019 I went to the mansion of  the late Jeffrey Epstein (a convicted pedophile, with connections to Donald Trump and other rich and powerful men involved in US and global politics),  and wrote, “Epstain didn’t kill himself,”  using harmless hairspray, which would’ve washed off in the rain.

A few days later, I received a phone call from Detective Ryan Burgoon at the Palm Beach, FL police department  claiming I had damaged the  property of the Jeffrey Epstein estate.  He also informed me that it was necessary that I cooperate with him when I head back to Florida, or face a potential warrant for my arrest.  Here is my most recent email to him, written about 10 minutes ago.

Hi Ryan Burgoon—

I’ve received paperwork stating that I need to be in Miami on Jan 2nd at 9:45 am for my arraignment. This is regarding my totally unnecessary December 8th arrest for writing “Epstien didn’t kill Himself” on Perottin Gallery’s banana wall at Art Basel. 

I’m happy to cooperate with you in any way you like. However, as I stated in our telephone conversation, (a week or so ago), regarding the affidavit which you claim was filed by the estate of Jeffrey Epstein alleging I did damage to the property of the late Mr. Epstein, the Epstein Estate is simply mistaken. To the contrary, the spray used in the video you referenced, (alledgedly prompting Epstein’s affidavit), is harmless hairspray available at Party City, or any other outlet of mirth and merriment. The hair spray should’ve come off with a single rinse. 

You also claim that the estate hired someone to paint the Epstein guard-fence. Not only was this unnecessary, if this happened, it destroyed evidence, and I am sure you will be charging the Epstein Estate with destruction of evidence in an ongoing investigation.

Lastly, you claim that I am not entitled to see the affidavit by the Epstein Estate, since this is an ongoing investigation, (in your words). For the record, I am requesting a copy to be emailed to me as soon as possible, since this will likely factor into my January 2nd arraignment.

Please make future contact by email. I want all of this in writing.

Thanks,

Rod Webber

*How many will catch this fun misspelling? 😉

It should be noted, under Florida law, vandalism is known as “criminal mischief.” It is defined as “the willful and malicious destruction of property belonging to another person.” This definition includes graffiti or any other type of vandalism. The level of charge and the penalties associated with this crime will depend on the amount of damage caused. Since nothing was willfully destroyed, it is neither vandalism, nor criminal mischief.

I should’ve written, “I’m happy to cooperate with you in any way I am required to by law,” but I can update him in our next communication.

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