I picked today’s TED talk because of this one image. In Israel, a group set up a photobooth. People walking by were invited to get their photo taken. The printed photos inspired a mass demonstration (well, a group demonstration), with people waving signs of themselves in the air.
What were they demonstrating?
Not political leaders or party colours. Not religious zealotry, in particular. The demonstration was an attempt to make themselves their message.
The artist JR wants to turn the world inside out. He is fascinated with faces and large, gripping installations. In a sense, he is making individuals into art, and getting individuals to take part in how they are seen by the world. Individuals become part of the recognized environment.
I think people demonstrating for themselves rather than for their leaders or their political ideologies might be a good start.
JR had a TED Prize wish: a worldwide photo project to show the world its true face. To see what has come of his wish, check out the Inside Out Project.
What do you think?
Is the world changing?
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Aside: apparently JR messed up a little in the geography of one of his stories. See if you can spot it.