Ian Heavens, 1957-2000, Spunk Co-founder
Ian Heavens: Revolutionary
Many remember how sincere, genuine and giving Ian was. As well as bringing joy to those around him Ian had a vision of a fairer world. He believed the anarchist movement could bring about a better world. In 1993, with his skills and access to the internet, he found his opportunity to give anarchism a boost in cyber space. Spunk was born. Along with others from around the world, that he knew from an email list, he devoted much time and energy to building the Spunk internet archive. He also gave workshops about the then new internet to other activists.
Many wanted to stifle the internet as a vibrant exchange of ideas. Ian was a casualty of the attack on the new-found freedoms to promote revolution electronically. After being smeared by the Sunday Times Ian decided to keep a "low profile" as far as openly revolutionary activity was concerned. Ian played a central role in the Mutiny Collective, which puts on fundraising gigs for the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh. He enthusiastically did the one hundred and one things needed to ensure a successful gig. Not to mention often playing with Bloco Vomit at an ACE gig!
Not only were the Mutiny gigs crucial for raising money, they were vital and exciting events in their own right. Always concerned to break down musical and cultural barriers, Ian helped organise gigs which brought together punks and poets, music from the eclectically experimental to traditional folk, information stalls and wild pogoing..... at ACE and Spunk we will always remember him.
Text produced by: ACE
Posted by John Couzin