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"I am totally and utterly smitten with spoken language and the written word. I love to manipulate, enhance, and play with those geometrically diverse symbols known as letters and their subsequent sounds like the strings of an old guitar or an improperly labeled chemistry set.

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f someone asks the ubiquitous question, “what do you do?” a polite but inadequate substitute for “who are you?” or “how do you like to define yourself?” or “what ignites your soul?” most will respond with a bland summary of their “jobs” that does little to express their unique position and personalities, much less make your job sound particularly interesting.”

I mull over these thoughts quite often in my day-to-day. Christopher Ponzi gives some great advice in this article on how to live free — I suppose freedom, then, is equated with a work of art.

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CHANGING THE WORLD: Art as a Catalyst

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing (it’s 24 minutes long) I recommend fast-forwarding to 17:00 and watching the film clip of his art installations “Women are Heroes” project in Brazil, India, Kenya, Liberia… — this shorter clip lasts until 18:30, and the ending is really spectacular.

The French artist, JR, drives home the notion that what we see changes who we are. From the video,

"Art is not supposed to change the world … but to change the perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an energy. Actually, the fact that art cannot change things makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions… and then enables you to change the world."

Using the same style and approach from his own installations, JR created a large-scale participatory art project for anyone - any of YOU - to do! “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world… INSIDE OUT.” The link leads you to the project’s website, steadily filling up with photographs of the art in action. It’s simple and beautiful:

Upload a portrait.

Receive a poster.

Paste it for the world to see.

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"I create art that fosters exchanges between people rather than encounters between a viewer and object. Through these exchanges, meaning is elaborated collectively, rather than in the space of individual consumption." — Agustina Woodgate

"COLLECTIVISM presents Woodgate’s evolution by moving its audience towards a collective future, that is integrated, involved, inclusive, and in continual process.”

"I create art that fosters exchanges between people rather than encounters between a viewer and object. Through these exchanges, meaning is elaborated collectively, rather than in the space of individual consumption." — Agustina Woodgate

"COLLECTIVISM presents Woodgate’s evolution by moving its audience towards a collective future, that is integrated, involved, inclusive, and in continual process.”

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The Geography of Youth — a “documentary photography project promoting global connections and understanding within the next generation.” You can follow Alan & Mo’s weekly postcards from their incredible journey around the country on their website, http://geographyofyouth.org/.

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The SF Mirrors Project (by Akin Bilgic) is a public art project with one simple purpose at it’s core - to spread a bit of random happiness. The idea is to create a public art installation overnight throughout the city of San Francisco… spreading messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope.

The SF Mirrors Project (by Akin Bilgic) is a public art project with one simple purpose at it’s core - to spread a bit of random happiness. The idea is to create a public art installation overnight throughout the city of San Francisco… spreading messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope.

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Robert Montgomery — Ghost in the Machine

What interests me in working anonymously is that people encounter it without knowing it’s art. They know it’s not advertising, and it’s not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I’m super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job everyday and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.

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Robert Montgomery — Ghost in the Machine

What interests me in working anonymously is that people encounter it without knowing it’s art. They know it’s not advertising, and it’s not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I’m super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job everyday and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.

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"What we see in nature is that nothing goes to waste. It’s us, humans, who are the parasitic influence, the garbage makers."

Clean-up projects in Estonia, Slovenia, & San FranciscoLet’s do it world!

"Amid so much pessimism and destructiveness, there is nothing better than seeing our neighbors work to transform the reality in which we live. The changes start small, at home, in local schools and communities. But with the connecting power of the Internet and social media, soon enough the word spreads out and large-scale environmental (not just political) action becomes possible."


I’m happy to do my part in spreading the word. So far there are nineteen world teams represented in the “Let’s do it!” campaign, and San Francisco is the only representation of North America. I’m adding my hands to the daily clean-up movement.

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let the world surprise you;

routine keeps you from seeing the world.

(this is why I love weirdos.)