Good storytelling strengthens social movements
For months, I’ve been spotting countless friendly and ironic stickers popping up across the city’s art-friendly zones. These cutesy bubble-lettered slogans scream “Enjoy Subprime Lending,” “Enjoy Credit Crunch,” “Enjoy Bailout Package,” “Enjoy Golden Parachutes,” or some other economic absurdity that has become all too common in our daily newspeak.
I was very intrigued by the idea that the streets of New York are being used as an arena for economic discussion. While it’s a truism that everything is about money–and I’m really not trying to be cynical–this direct debate (as opposed to the coded one we are accustomed to) is unusual for the street, where ambiguity often reigns. It also was quite refreshing to see street art being used so cleverly to do what it does best—the institutional critique.
Selected tag: Graffiti
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Régine Debatty writes about the intersection between art, design and technology on her blog we-make-money-not-art.com.
She also contributes to various design and art magazines, curates art shows and lectures internationally.