The Envoy of Mischief
The collective noun for rats is a mischief. Here I have created the Envoy of Mischief who has appeared from the cracks in the city. She has taught herself the language of the city so is fluent in the language of construction and real estate. She has her own website ratrealestate.com where you can buy your very own Zone. Rather than realestate though, she is selling a revolutionary dream. She is selling the Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ). An idea coined by Hakim Bey, an American anarchist author, based on the notion of the pirate utopias of the 18th century.
In TAZ, The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism he describes the zone as
“ an uprising which does not engage directly with the state, a guerilla operation which liberates an area ( of land, of time, of imagination ) and then dissolves itself to reform elsewhere/ elsewhen, before the state can crush it” (p99)
One individual Zone at a time. The Envoy of Mischief dreams that ultimately all the zones purchased will combine to cover all of Melbourne.