Peter Berg Discusses Digger Free

[An audio clip from the film Les Diggers de San Francisco]

This two-minute clip opens with Peter reading from Trip Without A Ticket then discussing the concepts of life acting and "Create the Condition You Describe". 

This is set up as a streaming Real Player video file. There are two versions:

Low resolution (56k)
High resolution (DSL)

If you have trouble viewing these online, you can download the Real Media files to your computer and play them directly. Just right-click on either of the links above, then choose to save to disk. To get a free copy of Real Player, click here.

Transcription of Peter's comments. (I had asked if anyone would be interested in transcribing this clip, and lo the same day within a few hours, one of the Digger angels sent me the following:)

[Reading an excerpt from Trip Without A Ticket:]

"The Diggers are hip to property. Everything is free, do your own thing. Human beings are the means of exchange. Food, machines, clothing, materials, shelter and props are simply there. Stuff. A perfect dispenser would be an open Automat on the street. Locks are time-consuming. Combinations are clocks.
"So a store of goods or clinic or restaurant that is free becomes a social art form. Ticketless theater. Out of money and control.
"Diggers assume free stores to liberate human nature. First free the space, goods and services. Let theories of economics follow social facts. Once a free store is assumed, human wanting and giving, needing and taking, become wide open to improvisation.
"A sign: If Someone Asks to See the Manager Tell Him He's the Manager.
[...]
"A basket labeled Free Money.
"No owner, no Manager, no employees and no cash-register. A salesman in a free store is a life-actor.
[End of reading from excerpt.]

"And it hit me…thclik, oiiiinnnggggg [strikes forehead]...you know, this is life acting...is you create the condition you describe, and if we’re lucky, the condition lasts for a long time. And if it isn’t, well at least we tried. And there were people that didn’t get it. I mean there were people that you would give Free Money to, and they wouldn’t get it. Or sometimes social critics said we were Robin Hoods, that we were taking from the rich and giving to the poor. That isn’t what we were doing. I mean we got things from all sorts of sources, and that was 'magical'. But, what we did with it, was to create a theatre that described everything being Free, hoping that that would lead to a social movement." 

Peter discusses Create The Condition You Describe
Peter in the 1998 interview by Celine Deransart and Alice Gaillard for the film Les Diggers de San Francisco.
The Mime Troupe Studio in 1966
Peter in a theatre workshop at the San Francisco Mime Troupe studio in 1966. He wrote and acted in many of the Troupe productions from 1965 to 1967. In October, 1966, he wrote Trip Without A Ticket, published as an anonymous Digger manifesto. 

Free Store Rap from Trip Without A Ticket (as narrated by Peter Berg from Les Diggers film)

[Note: If you can't see the control bar under the video, hover the mouse over the bottom of the square space]
 
 

OrThe Digger Archives is published under a Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Cite As: The Digger Archives (www.diggers.org) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0