Thursday, March 5, 2009

Design by Jihad : Insomniac-punk

We are always intrigued by graffiti. This young graffiti artist is French and Islamic and fed up with western advertising's "impurity":
By day, she wears a white veil, symbol of purity. By night, her black veil is the expression of her vengeful fight for a cause. With her spray paint and black marker pen, she is out to hijabize advertising. Even Kate Moss is targeted. She knows all about visual terrorism! And she will not spare her right of expression for the likes of publicists. Make sure that all advertising can be hijabized “ ‘cause that’s her fight Jihad is her art”. And don’t forget, she acts upon her own free will. She is not involved in any lobby or movement be it political, religious or to do with advertising. In fact, the Princess is an insomniac-punk. She is the leader of an artistic fight, nothing else.
Beware the Princess. She's got your number.


paul bowman said...

What if she were a traditionalist evangelical or catholic, defacing signage in this country? It's a fascinating problem.

Funny, the eternal marriage & eternal contradiction of expression rights/political rights and property rights in the open society.


Good questions, Paul. There is a constant tension between liberty and oppression. The gift is an open society where the tension is mediated by a core of thoughtful people who keep the dialogue about these issues alive and lively. Art is a continuing, and usually provocative and controversial force in the dialogue. Wherever it comes from it seems to me to advance the dialogue. I value that. jan

paul bowman said...

thoughtful people who keep the dialogue ... alive & lively

I'm with you for that -- and agreed, I think, that in a way it's a core population we depend upon -- keeping in mind, though, that it's paradoxically a 'scattered' core, found everywhere from the social center to the sometimes suspicious-looking fringes on all sides. : )


It all just bubbles and stews and somehow we get solutions, but having all the voices in the dialogue matters. With few exceptions, the purely malevolent, for example, all the voices work toward a fusion, from one edge of the fringe to the other. It seems to me the core keeps it "wholesome," while the fringe keeps the core ideas growing by challenging them. In this way knowledge and policy adapt. I was just thinking of Barry Goldwater and how outside the "core" he was. If we consider his ideas now, they seem quite moderate. Currently, Ron Paul is a great example of that "fringe" voice. However,both of these men are "insiders." I know we see the fringe as more radical, excessive, posturing. I think these voices get far more attention then they actually command. But, they sure keep me awake to the amazing ideas that are rattling around out there.