I started to make a mini zine to try to define Occupy Wall Street for myself. This image is the cover of a delightfully blank inside. Originally I had started this exploration with the concept of art. An analysis of art in the movement. Maybe the movement itself is the art, the art of people. Just expressing humanity through protest, through drum circles, general assemblies, and contradictory platforms seems like a good enough definition to me. At least it is something I feel isn’t a lie when trying to define #Occupy. In this way Occupy Wall Street is an exploration and study of ideas. In the general assemblies, many people have come together to learn from each other, to discuss, to debate and to share. Like any work of art though, everyone has their own spin on what “it” means. The movement is to some about economic disparity, to others it’s a platform for advertisements. I think there’s a beauty to the Calvinball reference. http://owsanalysis.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/what-is-calvinball/
Occupy Wall Street is a movement that is constantly evolving and will never be the same. It’s different in everyone’s minds from the viewers of Fox News to the individual occupiers themselves. There are individual meanings that simply makes it human. To me Occupy Wall Street is just an answer to Jeopardy “What is Occupy Wall Street?”
Kurt Andersen dives into a historical look at the Occupy Wall Street movement in his piece “The Protester” in TIME magazine. It gives us a historical perspective of OWS, though it doesn’t tell of the future. The only thing missing from his article are images. His piece goes hand in hand with all of the different images utilized by these movements and that have really come to define them in the public’s eye and memory. In our increasingly visual world, images and photographs speak to the masses as loud, if not louder, than the headlines accompanying them. Andersen describes Mohamed Bouazizi’s protest of fire, but the actual image is incredibly striking. The image is what made the world take notice.
(See, it’s pretty striking.)
Likewise he describes Adbuster’s call to arms, sparking the OWS movement and while his description is very straightforward, just….just look at this:
Images are playing a large part in the #Occupy movements and the revolutions around the world. From specifically designed images (Adbusters) to impromptu documentary photography by amateurs (of Mohamed Bouazizi), these images are making these movements relatable to a large audience.
Andersen stresses the use of social media in getting instant, real time information. He doesn’t mention that images are part of this information as well. These images are so much apart of this growing movement of protests and for protesters, where everyone has a say. He’s right that this is just the beginning of the Occupy movement, there are many more meaningful images to come.
Read the original article here: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2101745_2102132,00.html?artId=2101745?contType=article?chn=specials