Thinking through solidarity organizing, with an eye to how we can better live the change, as well as how we often slip in to colonial patterns when working together across distance and difference.
Jun 30, 2009
invisibles making themselves visible
great immigrant rights campaign in Spain
Jun 26, 2009
put yourself in my placeless place
not quite as creepy as the last, but still, a bit bizarre
do you think this works to make the invisible visible?
is it effective at humanizing?
is this really how empathy works?
would this inspire YOU to solidarity?
To raise awareness for the Weingart Homeless Center, agency David & Goliath from Los Angeles took a non traditional approach that made people imagine themselves homeless if only for a moment. They photographed a dozen of the 70.000 people living on the streets of Los Angeles. They gave each of them a blank cardboard sign and had them write the same message: Before you turn away, put yourself in my place. Followed by the URL, weingart.org. Then they took those images, blew them up life-size, removed their faces and made them into photo-realistic cardboard cutouts. They placed the cutouts in upscale shopping centers in Bevery Hills and Santa Monica. Soon the homeless could not be ignored. This project not only raised awareness, but it ultimately raised funds according to David & Goliath.
Jun 21, 2009
ways of getting folks to see the unseen
do these make the kids seem more human or less?
I find it kind of creepy - but am heartened that people do break them out.
straight from the osocio blog:
Provoking street campaign which can be seen right now in Melbourne for the Australian Childhood Foundation. For their ongoing campaign Stop Child Abuse Now agency JWT used child size mannequins to represent children suffering neglect. The mannequins were placed in high traffic locations around the city and then a billposter was pasted over the top of the figure so only the feet and legs could be seen. Words on the poster read, “Neglected Children are made to feel invisible.”
When the mannequin is removed the text “Thank you for seeing me” become visible.
Jun 12, 2009
memory on the streets
Now THAT is some wheatpasting!
HIJOS: Public Poster CampaignsGuatemala City, Guatemala.
May 6, 2009.
Guatemala of the New Resistance, March 8, 2009.
FOR ALL THOSE WHO WERE DISAPPEARED
NEITHER FORGET, NOR FORGIVE.
“Memory, Truth and Justice”
Jun 6, 2009
what do you think? does this build empathy? or is it pornography of violence? fine line. one that a gaming company nearly crossed when it was going to make a Gitmo video game simulation for profit. in the end they dropped it, not because of that concern, but because they thought it might be used as "al Qaeda propaganda".
but what we want to do is take down Guantamo, not recreate it. Amnesty International has done something along this line with tearitdown.org - but while compelling, it certainly does not get the gut in the same way.
for a sense of other ways activism is being done on Second Life check this out
but reminding folks of what it's like and what's at stake by putting actual bodies in orange jumpsuits in front of the white house still seems more effective to me
I have mixed feelings about the touring cell - which you may have seen Jon Stewart redecorate. again, it seems 'too easy' somehow. I want it to be more obvious that the experience isn't that easy to recreate, that there's more to it. I want it to be obvious that there are silences, stutters. Still, the cell on tour I'm sure did raise a lot of awareness.
Jun 2, 2009
more ways of getting people to see things
this simulation (?!) just seems a bit silly to me
what, we're building solidarity with miniature refugees?
Mini-Refugee Camps Sprouting Up in Germany posted by Another Limited Rebellion at 12:14 PM
German artist Hermann Josef Hack, founder of the Global Brainstorming Project, has started setting up miniature refugee camps in public spaces to bring attention to the people already suffering from the effects of climate change. 500 tiny tents have already been on display in Berlin (shown) and are moving on to Leipzig and Dresden later this month.