where the vegans arent

Documentation of the Temporary Autonomous VEGAN Zone

Posted in 1 by nvargelis on May 26, 2009

The vegan radicals and their cupcakes came to Paris VIII and for three days created their utopia that sadly ended in a dictatorship.  The Temporary Autonomous Zone turned Nation-State has gone underground, but the following traces remain:

Photos from Day 1: “Free VEGAN cupcakes!”

Photos from Day 2:”Protect the cupcakes against individualistic acts”

Photos from Day 3:”A resistance to the aggressions against the cupcakes”

Installation set-up photos here.

documents/ communiques from the intervention here.


Day 1:

We made a pyramid of vegan cupcakes, encouraging people to freely eat the cupcakes.  The atmosphere was very open and welcoming.  However some people were aggressive and greedy, acting in individualistic manners, taking too many cupcakes.

Day 2:

To prevent people from self-centered individualistic actions, we made a wall and a bureaucratic office to administer the distribution of cupcakes. People were still encouraged to eat cupcakes, but to get a cupcakes, one needed to fill out a simple form answering in one or two words or a drawing, “veganism: define.”  All forms were validated no matter what the answer was.  One form gave the right to one cupcake.  Some people did not like this and cupcakes were stolen.

On the desk of the “office” were assorted reference books including “The sexual politics of meat” by Carol J. Adams and various vegan propaganda books in non-French languages.  Next to the desk was a TV monitor that played the movie “Querelle” by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, based on the book by Jean Genet.  We sometimes alternated “Querelle” with episodes of “Les Shadoks” by Jacques Rouxel.

Day 3.

To combat the aggressions carried out against the cupcakes from the previous day, we constructed a “chateau forteresse” to protect the cupcakes.  In order to eat a cupcake, one must make an application for a cupcake.  The application was quick and easy.  Four affirmative statements were listed and the applicant had to cross out all that does not apply.  (SVP rayer les mentions inutile)

1.  Me, I am vegan. (Moi, je suis vegan.)

2. You, you yourself ain’t vegan. (Toi, tu t’es pas vegan.)

3. Meat is still murder, dairy is still rape. (La viande est encore un meurtre, est les produits laitiers sont encore un viol.)

4. And freedom can only be achieved through the dictatorship of the vegan proletariat. (Et la liberté peut être accompli seulement par la dictature du prolétariat vegan.)

All applications were evaluated and judged individually.  However the protocols of judgement would change suddenly and without warning.  So it was often the case that with two identical applications, one would be validated and the other would be submitted for re-education.  A validated application would receive one, two, three or sometimes even four cupcakes.  A rejected application submitted for re-education would receive a biscuit with vegan pate.  If the applicant ate the paté, then after they had the right to a cupcake.

The design of our fortification focused on vertical lines, as a reference to fascist architecture.  In the structure was incorporated a TV monitor that showed various short films from Alice Guy (1897 to 1906).

On this third day, we were confronted by students from the “Sud Etudiant” union.  They said we were authoritarian and so they decided to steal a case of cupcakes!


Temporary Autonomus Zone communiqué No. 3

Posted in 1 by nvargelis on May 12, 2009

The Temporary Autonomous Zone continues to resist.  In face of the opposition, we only grow stronger.  We have taken new measures to protect our territory against the unwarranted thefts that occurred yesterday.  Since the vegan cupcakes have come under attack, we are obliged to take precautionary measures to protect and serve the vegan TAZ.  We ask our supporters to please fill out the following brief questionnaire to gain access to the vegan cupcakes:

Questionnnarie:  (please cross out the phrases that do not apply)

1.  Me, I’m vegan.

2.  You, you yourself ain’t vegan.

3.  Meat is still murder, dairy is still rape.

4. And freedom can only be achieved through the dictatorship of the vegan proletariat.

Name: Date:

VEGAN TAZ communiqué No. 2

Posted in 1 by nvargelis on May 11, 2009

la Zone Autonome Temporaire

communiqué No. 2

Depuis que nous avons proclamé la Zone Autonome Temporaire des gâteaux vegans, nous avons rencontré quelques difficultés à propos d’individus agissant contre le bien du collectif. cette agression a manqué de changer notre politique. nous continuons de vous offrir des gateaux vegans gratuits. et pour garantir la bonne tenue de cet espace sécurisé, nous vous demandons de donner une réponse écrite brève à la question suivante :

VEGAN et/ou VEGANISME : définir:

Temporary Autonomous Zone

communiqué No. 2

Since we have proclaimed the Temporary Autonomous Zone for the vegan cupcakes, we have encountered some difficulties regarding individulas acting against the collective well being.  Yet this aggression has failed to change our politics. We continue to offer you free vegan cupcakes.  And to gaurantee the well being of this safe space, we ask you kindly to please give a brief written response to the following:

VEGAN and/ or VEGANISM.  Please define:

VEGAN TAZ communiqué No. 1

Posted in 1 by nvargelis on May 11, 2009

Temporary Autonomus Zone


starting from today the 11th May, the Temporary Autonomous Zone claims an annexaton of 16 square meters in the entrance hall of paris8.  You are invited to participate, exchange, debate and eat vegan cupcakes.

la Zone Autonome Temporaire


A partir du 11 mai, la Zone Autonome Temporaire reclaim un téritoire de 16 metre quarré dans le hall d’entrée de paris8.  Vous êtes invité d’assister, exchanger, debater et manger les gateaux vegan.

bientôt: The Temporary Autonomous Zone

Posted in 1 by nvargelis on May 3, 2009



Bey, Hakim, The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Brooklyn, Autonomedia, 1985.

Bey, Hakim, Immediatism, Edinburgh, AK Press, 1994.

Bachelard, Gaston, The Poetics of Space, New York, Orion Press, 1964.

Burns-Gamard, Elizabeth, Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbau: the Cathedral of erotic misery, Princeton, Princetion Architectural Press, 2000.

Lee, Pamela, Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta Clark, Cambridge, MIT Press, 1999.


Stalker. dir. Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky. Mosfilm, 1979.

Times Square. dir. Allan Moyle, Associated Film Distribution, 1980.

Querelle. dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982.

Alice. dir Jan Svankmajer, First Run Reatures, 1988.

for more information on “vegan” please read “How can we approach veganism? a guide for non anglophones” aussi en français!

les vegans et les shadoks

Posted in 1 by nvargelis on May 1, 2009