where is my mind?
Take a look at the mural artist Chris Stain has just completed for Open Walls Baltimore.
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“The image of conflict and violence in the developing world has not just becoming too familiar, but reflects nothing aside from the sheer scale of the problems. Often anonymous, they leave those who have experienced violence faceless. This is made most clear with women, where sexual violence is used as a weapon of war. However, there are those who don’t want this to be women’s only story.” (via Women Are Heroes | Article-27)
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
Street Art of the Day: As part of an ongoing effort to “track all the ways [Bank of America] is bankrupting America,” activists with the Rainforest Action Network and The New Bottom Line affixed non-adhesive protest stickers to some 85 BoA ATMs throughout San Francisco.
The stickers replaced the traditional menu items with “a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses.”
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It has been the rallying cry of the Occupy movement for the past two months - but is the US really split 99% v 1%? As poverty and inequality reach record levels, how much richer have the rich got? This animation explains what the key data says about the state of America today
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