The creative ego of an over-privileged, white, cis-male anarchist unleashed…
Ann Narkeh is an artivist; activist, artist, post satirist and citizen journalist who livestreams interesting things and creates original writing, brandalism, video and music, using virtually all freeware, digital tools you can download and use yourself for FREE!
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Ann Narkeh is perhaps best known for producing and publishing spoof, ‘alternative’ and ‘corrected’ front pages of national and local newspapers;
Ann Narkeh is a long time contributor to and livestreamer for Occupy News Network.
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I chose the pseudonym Ann Narkeh because;
- I thought it was quite funny.
- I want to detach my personal ego from my work as much as possible.
- The meaning of the word ‘anarchy’ has been much maligned, I want my work to reassert it’s true meaning (see below).
- As a heterosexual male, I thought it might be a good way to challenge patriarchy and assumptions about gender and sexual identity, while being quite funny.
(UPDATE: I’ve kept the name because I’ve since realised that it’s also bit weird and awkward, like me.)
After burning out by late 2012, my focus had drifted into survival mode and I’d become somewhat apathetic, overwhelmed, depressed, resigned and unproductive. I got what Adam Curtis has described as the socially transmitted disease of ‘oh dearism’.
In October 2014, I was inspired as much by Occupy Democracy‘s bold ambition as I was appalled by the state’s violent crackdown on them for daring to dream. I joined the tarpaulin revolution – the first nine day occupation of Parliament Square in October 2014. I attended the ongoing monthly occupations and committed to refocusing all of my creative energy and skills into producing media to support the rƎVOLution
I co-founded Occupy The Media Billionaires at Tarpaulin Square. I launched The Occupied Sun in collaboration with the group and produced content for various other doings, which I am documenting on this website.
2015 was probably my most productive year yet, but I’ve never been very good at cataloguing my work and I am not interested in making money out of it. However, I also know that I could be much more productive if I had a less chaotic routine, and if I wasn’t struggling to eat half the time…
This website is an effort to start keeping track of all the stuff and things I’ve done/am doing, to get better organised and to start accepting contributions from people who want to support me and my work.
But profit is the enemy?
For many years now, I have worked towards renouncing the profit motive, and thus I have avoided engaging with the sort of financial bureaucracy necessary for me to accept contributions – I have been persuaded by various comrades to compromise on this front, in order to become more stable/productive.*
I’ve put together a set of New Year’s Resolutions. Basically, I’m going to experiment with being a breadhead, completely reversing my longstanding ‘no profit’ policy. It’s going to be a bit of a battle to get back on-grid, as I’ve been half off it for years now – but I’m up for having a go/seeing what happens…I’m going to find out if it helps me become a more productive activist, or if it turns me to the dark side (!).
So, if you dig my stuff so far and want to help me keep producing, you can commission me to produce something original for your campaign. (Or, if you’re loaded you could just give me some money and I will spend it on food, equipment and other things I need to survive).
I’ll keep a public record of any monies received and will still be undertaking bespoke, reLOVEutionary productions for social, economic and environmental justice, pro-bono (for free).
*note for ‘intellectuals’/economists/monetary reformists/purist freegans/militant anti-capitalists…: Renouncing the profit motive entirely was the most insightful life choice I ever made, but I accept that I have become quite dogmatic and purist about this, which is never a good thing.**
28 August 2016 – So far this year, I’ve received about £500 in contributions via the paypal button. I’ll get a more precise figure together next time I update this. Your contributions kept me going while I was sanctioned and I’m currently living on £140 a fortnight ESA.
I don’t thiiink I’m turning to the darkside, but then I haven’t really done that well at becoming a breadhead tbh…
The contributions have been mostly reinvested in livestreaming airtime, on purchasing the domain name for this site and on feeding/watering/caffeining/nicotining and keeping my mobile. Huge thanks to everybody who’s made a contribution.
Peace, Love, Respect, Anarchy.
29 August 2016
Maybe I wasn’t being dogmatic and purist about it – maybe capitalism’s just never been natural to me…
Been a while since I read this, or updated it. Loads has happened. Everything’s collapsing, from the climate to objective reality. I’m doing what I can, while I still can, because I still can. I have compound chronic conditions, so I’m surviving on a fortnightly ESA payment, which is now the correct rate of £200 per fortnight, which I’m grateful for. It’s not much but it’s usually just about enough for the basics. I’m not greedy. If I have surplus, I pay it forward. I was able to acquire most of the kit I needed (and square up most of my debt) with the settlement from the Police earlier this year, so I’ve removed my wishlist. Skint again now. The contributions I’ve received are so minimal that the DWP and HMRC seem to be happy to just leave me to it.
A while ago, one awesome person set up a regular contribution of £2 a month which has saved me on more than one occasion. I could chase more regular contributions. That’s what a business advisor would tell me to do but in my experience, chasing money clouds the mind with greed masquerading as bureaucracy and other distractions. I’m still very grateful to all the comrades who persuaded me to set up this site and to accept contributions towards my efforts and of course to all those who’ve chipped in, materially, intellectually and emotionally.
I’ve limited posting personal appeals for contributions to only if I’m absolutely on my arse, or if there’s been a crisis I can’t manage (broken laptop, wp subs etc). Every time I’ve had to ask, one of you good internet peoples has caught me. This hasn’t just helped materially, it’s also restored my faith in myself, in the human species and given me hope for a saner, more compassionate future.
Contributions are voluntary not mandatory, so it means the world when somebody bungs me some money out of the blue or because they liked a thing I made.
Thankyou all so much.