Bikes Against Bush was an interactive protest/performance occurring simultaneously online and on the streets of NYC during the Republican National Convention. Using a wireless Internet enabled bicycle outfitted with a custom-designed printing device, the Bikes Against Bush bicycle can print text messages sent from web users directly onto the streets of Manhattan in water-soluble chalk.
On August 30, 2004 Joshua Kinberg was arrested while Jury Gitman tried to document the event. The following text is the arrest in Joshua Kinberg's own words from Bicycles Against Bush blog:
Many of you have heard by now that I was arrested on Saturday while describing my bicycle to Ron Reagan for MSNBC's Hardball. As a result, the Bikes Against Bush performance will have to be postponed until further notice. Click here to watch the video of my arrest.
I had not demonstrated the device, but was merely describing the project and the goal's of the performance to the media when a van with 5-6 police officers arrived. I produced Identification upon their request, after which they waited for a superior to arrive before arresting me. I was booked, fingerprinted, and photographed. They had bomb squad inspect my device, and afterwards they congratulated me on the design calling it "genius." Intelligence detectives questioned me about "violent protestors," but seemed disappointed to learn that I am an artist and only know other artists, and had no knowledge of any violence being planned. All my equipment -- bicycle, computer, cell phone, and electronics are being held till further notice. I am scheduled to appear in court on Friday and am facing the possibilty of jail time.
After being arrested, I spent 24 hours in the Tombs, a notorious NYC correctional facility, with over a hundred other bicyclists from the previous night's Critical Mass bicycle ride. Several of the cyclists detained were not even part of Critical Mass, but were simply on a bicycle at the wrong time when the police decided to arrest anyone on the streets with a bike. The cyclists had spent the previous night in a location that they were calling "Lil' Gitmo," a former bus depot on the west side piers converted into a holding pen for protestors. Lil' Gitmo had cells sectioned off with chainlink fence and razor wire, and a floor covered in motor oil, transmission fluid, and other toxic chemicals. The cyclists were forced to sleep on this floor, many of them only wearing cycling shorts and t-shirts. Several had severe skin rashes the next day as a result. They were transferred from Lil' Gitmo to the Tombs on Saturday morning, where I joined them later that day. Most of them were released on Sunday morning, but their bikes are being held till after they appear in court.