Upon entering the last day of our working I was interested in the idea of defending the 3D group from the threat of the institution. This was not my initial reaction to the space but was prompted by my classmates who hated working in the space. A few of my classmates felt deeply unsettled by the space and hated feeling like they couldn't place work without expecting it to be moved around or messed with. the RULES of space as well as the public nature, constantly being looked at and watched by CCTV, the guards and by students. Due to this I began to think about warfare.
'Riot control refers to the measures used by police, military, or other security forces to control, disperse, and arrest people who are involved in a riot, demonstration, or protest. If a riot is spontaneous and irrational, actions which cause people to stop and think for a moment (e.g. loud noises or issuing instructions in a calm tone) can be enough to stop it. However, these methods usually fail when there is severe anger with a legitimate cause, or the riot was planned or organized. Law enforcement officers or military personnel have long used less lethal weaponssuch as batons and whips to disperse crowds and detain rioters. Since the 1980s, riot control officers have also used tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and electric tasers. In some cases, riot squads may also use Long Range Acoustic Devices, water cannons, armoured fighting vehicles, aerial surveillance, police dogs or mounted police on horses.'
'One of many additional concerns is to prevent people in the crowd from snatching officers' side arms, which may be stolen or even used against the police. In a very heavy crowd, the officer may not be able to see who is responsible for snatching a weapon, and may not even notice that it has happened. For this reason, riot police may have holsters with positive locking mechanisms or other extra means of retention, if their agencies can afford such tools. However, this can be a trade-off that increases the amount of time needed to draw the sidearm in an emergency. Alternately, riot police may not carry sidearms at all.'
I made a series of BAYONETs out of scrap wood and gaffa tape.
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