"DIY AMD AK47" will cover the construction of an AK-pattern weapon and the creation of pictographic instructions intended for distribution that detail the process. These instructions will be made available on the web and distributed in “zine” form. They are intended to cover the complete construction of the weapon from parts to operation as a challenge to the notion of a state as defined by Weber as that entity which has claimed a “monopoly on the legitimate use of violence”.
Civilian gun rights are an interesting place to explore activist interventions. Citizens have taken up arms in defense of their participation in government and as a resistance to state violence most recently and widely reported as part of the Arab Spring uprisings. One particularly compelling example from the past took place during the Soviet-Afghan war in which the Mujaheddin produced their own AK-pattern rifles. These rifles, known as "Khyber Pass AKs" enabled an armed resistance to be mobilized by civilians without military manufacturing infrastructure. The same lessons learned by the Kyber Pass gunsmiths can be distilled into an instruction set intended for any oppressed people interested in defending themselves by producing the "People's Gun".
Project costs include specialized tool purchases, tool rental, shop costs, supervision costs, gallery costs including printing, mounting, and pedestals, performance costs including range rental, ammunition, and equipment rentals. Art is expensive!
Over-funding the project would allow me to do more performances, release the film as a short documentary, and distribute the instructions beyond the gallery and Kickstarter rewards.
I am legally prohibited from offering the firearm for sale or as a reward, sorry!
The performance will comprise not only the construction of the firearm, but its subsequent testing. After it’s inspected for safety and fired by myself, invitees will be asked to participate in the project by firing the weapon to test its function. The presentation of the work will take the form of a gallery show in which the weapon, video documentation of the construction and testing, and large-format prints of the instructions will be on display as well as several artifacts from the construction phase including specialized tools.
At all phases of the project, safety will be paramount. The construction will be supervised by experienced machine techs and weapon builders. While on display the weapon will be completely deactivated and unable to fire. The performative firing of the weapon will take place at a local shooting range under supervision of the range officers and attendees will be required to use eye and ear protection at all times. Any attendee not following safety rules will be immediately asked to leave.
You can follow the project of the project both here on Kickstarter and on my own blog here: Gubbish.org tagged "diyamdak".
Some of my past projects and collaborations include: "Becoming Dragon", “Scalable City”, "Discotrope", and RFID implantation.