“Surround Congress”: as soon as we’d heard this, in our minds we were there. To make the Government resign and demand they start a new constituent process seemed like a great idea. We immediately got to work.
The first thing we did was to design a poster of coloured dots around the phrase: “On September 25 we will surround Congress until they resign. Period.” We printed thousands of them and pasted them everywhere. Then, when enough people had heard of the action, we went out into the street with our cameras to create the Photocall 25S.
This was a large collection of photographs where the coloured dots translated into people showing their personal reasons for wanting to surround Congress. These photographs, distributed massively online, caught the press’ attention for weeks.
Almost all of our work was now done, we were just missing the finishing touch. That’s when we came up with the Discongreso.
A few days before 25S the Government announced that more than 2000 police would be protecting the Congress, and that it would be impossible to reach our goal. At least on land. So we converted the coloured dots into frisbees (discos voladores in Spanish). To try and reach it by air.
Through social networks we asked people to get a frisbee and write on it their proposals to improve democracy. When September 25 came round, hundreds of people showed up with their frisbees ready to launch at Congress. It was unbelievable. Children, the elderly, the young, all kinds of people. They had written on their frisbees things like: “People first”, “Ban debts”, and “No banker will ever govern another country”.
Launching them was an amazing experience. Seeing those frisbees flying over the police, headed for the Congress, was the most aposite metaphor of the situation which Spain finds itself in right now, one where, effectively democracy is up in the air. «Democracy is in the air everywhere i look around…»