Monday, October 11, 2010

So last week...But whose idea was blowing deniers up?

Not sure if this is a culture thing gone wrong, or just poor taste but in retrospect graphically blowing people-up for being climate deniers was probably not such a great move.

I totally agree that this video is totally crass - but then again at the same time it does tap into this dark frustration-induced fantasy that I think lurks just under the surface of every activist.

I would never actually commit violence against another person, but sometimes I bloody do wish I could flick a switch an obliterate the greedy, selfish, unimaginative coal bosses and self-interested dills that keep us in this perpetual state of decline.

The ad rouses some really taboo and uncomfortable ethical questions, like: Is it worse to let people die a very slow and painful death due to climate change-induced famine? If you could get rid of a handful of deniers to save the majority of the world's population, would you? Is allowing temperatures to rise (and consequent evacuations of entire islands) another form of genocide or cultural imperialism?

I don't know.

And I don't like the ad. But I'm grateful that it makes us ask some really interesting questions.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Imagine what's in this Garage

So the project I'm most excited about at the moment is The Garage Sale Trail which I'm working on with my good mates Daz, Benny & AV.

As well as being an awesome sustainability initiative, there's something slightly voyeuristic about rummaging through other people's stuff. I like looking interesting things and imagining who bought them, where they were made, how they were loved and where they'll fit into my life.

With my eye on the Garage Sale Trail, I've found myself stopping in the street taking photos of hoards of junk lying on nature strips, eyeing-off garages - like the one above, and seriously considering whether one day Malls will become redundant ( hope so!).

So  I'm hoping that this project will shift culture toward an anti-new style movement.