Our world appears to be spiralling ever faster, ever more out of our control. We are more than ever linked with each other, bound together, depending on each other. At the same time we have never been as divided by class as today: class, religion, race, nation, gender – all of them tear us apart instead of bringing us together. First we stereotype everybody, including ourselves, then we put ourselves into any drawer just to make our own voice heard. Personality, character? They are no more. We conform to others. We desperately seek our individuality in a group that is just like us thereby becoming another anonymous loudmouth. Our protests become ever more extreme otherwise nobody would notice it.
Often enough outsiders do not easily understand such protests, such extreme measures artists and political activists seek out. Breaking taboos has always been and will always be difficult for everybody. That is the very point of breaking a taboo. Do I understand this way of activism? No. Do I know if this is the right way, will the new form of protest – one example of which we will learn more about in this interview – lead to reform? Or weill it just lead to a self-perpetuating cycle in which the extreme measure itself becomes the message? I honestly don’t know, and this is why I sat down with Petr Pavlensky to try to understand.
Most results from publicly funded research are published in journals that cost a fortune to access. This has many negative impacts. Open Access is the method to be used to change this system. Basically, Open Access is the idea that all publicly funded research should be freely available to everyone on the internet.
That’s what this new campaign from the Norwegian SAIH is about. It’s a demand for Open Access, free access to research.
SAIH compare research with blogging: Bloggers are read by thousands every day, unlike researcher’s articles which are read by far fewer.
- The Ministry of Education should ensure increased funding for Open Access Publishing in Norway.
- Norwegian authorities must support researchers in developing countries ability to publish in Open Access to.
On a recent trip to Chicago, Illinois I ran into this eye catching ad on the side of a public trashcan.
The End Demand Illinois campaign’s self-described aim is “shifting law enforcement’s attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade.”
Nice idea from a group of five Chicago-based friends, artists, and activists — Leora Abelson, Liz Cook, Lee Jacobs Riggs, Erin Moore, and Jeannette Perkal. Their name is L is for Liberation Collective.
The project started in the summer of 2011.
From their website:
A conversation one evening about the lack of rad baby gifts out there inspired us to create our own. We chose 26 social justice concepts that represent diverse identities and movements, and then reached out to artists across the country to illustrate the letters. We plan to honor the values represented on the poster by printing it througha local shop that prioritizes eco-friendly methods and fair labor practices.
They are running an Indiegogo campaign until July 15 to fund the project. The poster is available this Autumn.
Intercontinental Hotels (the largest hotel chain in the world) is planning to open a ‘Resort Paradise’ in the city of Lhasa, capital of occupied Tibet, next year. The presence of a multinational corporation gifts priceless PR to a Chinese regime which is currently arbitrarily detaining hundreds of Tibetans for alleged involvement in protests.
The repression in Tibet by China is notorious. China’s reaction to protest has been to use brutal (sometimes lethal) force, collective punishment against communities, torture, communications clampdowns and more. Foreign journalists are not allowed into Tibet to document this; Reporters Without Borders have said that Tibet is even more locked down than North Korea.
The second was to go looking online for galleries of art dedicated to the events, since there’s no central organizing group, my search centered around the hashtags used to promote the protests: #DirenGeziParki#OccupyGezi. So far I haven’t encountered anything other than some collections of street art, so I decided to start one here.
The Spanish town of Brunete, near Madrid has come up with an unusual solution to people who let their dogs do their business in the street. Volunteers chatted to offenders (people, not dogs) to find out details that would allow their dogs to be traced via records. Then the offending matter was returned to the owners who’d left it behind. A simple social change idea put forward by advertising agency McCann. Which has, allegedly, led to a 70% fall in offending.
They did it! Frustrated with the lack of in-depth international mainstream media coverage of their massive citizen protests against Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a group called Turkish Democracy in Action took to social media instead. They set up an indiegogo appeal to raise a budget for an ad campaign.
As of this morning (Saturday) they have raised $105, 218 — almost double their goal — ahead of Sunday’s deadline. The result was a full-page-placement in one of the West’s most conspicuous newspapers.
On the surface, it seems like the perfect activist social media stunt. After seven-year-old comments by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, in which he claimed the brand was only suitable for “cool, good-looking” (and thin) people, resurfaced online to great protest, filmmaker Greg Karber decided to mess with the brand.
His big idea? Attack A&F’s elitism by clothing homeless Los Angelenos in the brand:
The upside of this is that people got free clothes. There are, however, some big problems with the approach.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in several countries, so it seemed like the right time to share this series of illustrations by Toby Allen, titled “Real Monsters”: Although it could be misconstrued as literally demonizing people with mental illness, the externalization of the various disorders as evil creatures who prey…
In early October 2013 a boat filled with African migrants sank off of the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 111 people, and more than 200 are still missing. Friday the 4th of October 2013, was declared a day of mourning in Italy. The event has brought much introspection…
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