“Pain comes in all forms: the small twinge, a bit of soreness, the random pain, the normal pains we live with every day. Then there’s the kind of pain we can’t ignore: a level of pain so great that it blocks out everything else, makes the rest of the world fade away until all we can think about is how much we hurt. How we manage our pain is up to us. Pain. We anesthetize, ride it out, embrace it, ignore it… And for some of us, the best way to manage pain is to just push through it.”—Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy, “Bring the Pain”)
“Walking, in particular drifting, or strolling is already—within the speed of culture of our time—a kind of resistence. But it also happens to be a very immediate method for unfolding stories. It’s an easy, cheap act to perform.”—Francis Alÿs
En suivant la mode, Jardin du Luxembourgh, Mai 1942.
WARTIME PARIS “These images were taken in Occupied Paris during WWII by André Zucca for Nazi German propaganda magazine Signal using rare Agfacolor film supplied by the Wehrmacht. Zucca was arrested after the 1944 liberation but never prosecuted. He worked until his death in 1976 under an assumed name.”
When exhibited in Paris in 2008, Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, ordered a notice to accompany the images stating that the pictures avoid the “reality of occupation and its tragic aspects.”
EVERY MOVEMENT NEEDS A LOGO What is a protest movement without a logo? Peace groups have their doves, black nationalists had the panther. The 88-year-old War Resisters League has two hands breaking a rifle in half. But what about Occupy Wall Street? The demonstrations against inequality and corporate greed that began last month in New York, and have since spread to other cities, need a symbol, a visual identity. Here is my suggestion, along with other ideas from fellow graphic designers and design studios:
“Maybe we all have in us a secret pond where evil and ugly things germinate and grow strong. But this culture is fenced, and the swimming brood climbs up only to fall back. Might it not be that in the dark pools of some men the evil grows strong enough to wriggle over the fence and swim free? Would not such a man be our monster, and are we not related to him in our hidden water? It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.”—John Steinbeck, East of Eden