My topic will focus on police interference and brutality. As exemplified in Mirzoeff Chapter 7, protests and occupations of public space have occurred fighting against the censorship of social media and suppression of speech. Thanks to the rise of technology, individuals have captured and shared moments of brutality and the consequences of police interference that once were shadowed.
This video exemplifies how police often act superior and detached from the community and society at hand. Police and military are simply occupants rather than participants in today’s society. In order to become united, change is needed. Opening a two-channel of communication will allow a non-violent exchange of information and ideas, both from the police and the community. I believe this will reduce police brutality as it builds relationships and trust. Thus also cutting out the need for monitoring and interference.
Information gathering; research and research blogs.
Tunisian street vendor, Tarek el-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi, who set himself on fire on 17 December 2010 in protest against police interference with his work and local regime
Anonymous Group – a loose network of hackers?
Mosireen – “a non-profit media collective born out of the explosion of citizen media and cultural activism in Egypt during the revolution. Armed with mobile phones and cameras, thousands upon thousands of citizens kept the balance of truth in their country by recording events as they happened in front of them, wrong-footing censorship and empowering street-level perspectives.” “Mosireen | Creative Time Reports.” Creative Time Reports. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.
Tahrir Square – Egyptian revolution 2011. “Consisting of demonstrations, marches, occupations of plazas, riots, non-violent civil resistance, acts of civil disobedience and strikes. Millions of protesters from a range of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The revolution focused on legal and political issues, including police brutality, freedom of speech, corruption, and economic issues including high unemployment, food price inflation and low wages. The protesters’ primary demands were the end of the Mubarak regime and emergency law, freedom, justice, a responsive non-military government and a voice in managing Egypt’s resources.” “Egyptian Revolution of 2011.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.
Artists and art to look into
“Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say”, Gillian Wearing.
Keizer – anonymous Egyptian street artist
JR is a pseudonym, much like Banksy. He describes himself as a photograffeur, flyposting large black-and-white photographic images in public locations. Using the streets as a gallery space, he reflects, challenges, and questions government and society.
Ganzeer “Egyptian Banksy” rose to fame following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution
Sampsa Finnish “Banksy-like” street artist, political activist, and painter
Possible areas of interest
Zapatistas – revolutionary political and militant group based in Chiapas, Mexico.
“The people” political movement group-> Tunisia & Egypt
Indignados, an anti-austerity movement in Spain
Mad Graffiti Weekend – restoration and creation of street art in response to censorship in Eygpt following Tahrir Square protest 2011.
Occupy Wall Street – Publicized by Adbusters, Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, New York. This was part of the Occupy movement against social and economic inequality worldwide.
The 99 percent – Created by the wall street occupants, they share their stories through photographs of writing on paper held up to the camera. http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com