Per essere spiriti liberi, ci vuole una certa disciplina


venerdì 21 gennaio 2011

Un centesimo di secondo sull'etica della fotografia

Spesso si pensa che anche solo raccontando la realtà che ci circonda - attraverso le immagini nel caso del fotografo - si contribuisca ad aumentare la consapevolezza generale e che questo costituisca di per sé un merito.

Spesso si pensa che anche solo avere la sensibilità di cogliere il problema sia molto.

Spesso si pensa troppo. E se invece si facesse sarebbe assai meglio.


giovedì 20 gennaio 2011

The Yes Men

"On December 3, 2004, the twentieth anniversary of the Bhopal disaster, Andy Bichlbaum appeared on BBC World as "Jude Finisterra", a Dow Chemical spokesman. Dow is the owner of Union Carbide, the company responsible for the chemical disaster which killed thousands and left over 120,000 requiring lifelong care.

On their fake Dow Chemical website, the Yes Men said that Dow Chemical Company had no intention whatsoever of repairing the damage. The real company received considerable backlash, and both the real Dow and the phony Dow denied the statements, but Dow took no real action.

The Yes Men decided to pressure Dow further, so as "Finisterra," Bichlbaum went on the news to claim that Dow planned to liquidate Union Carbide and use the resulting $12 billion to pay for medical care, clean up the site, and fund research into the hazards of other Dow products. After two hours of wide coverage, Dow issued a press release denying the statement, ensuring even greater coverage of the phony news of a cleanup. By the time the original story was discredited, Dow's stock had declined in value by $2 billion.


...and where are you?

"The Paris-based artists Léonore Bonaccini and Xavier Fourt form the artist-duo Bureau d´études. For the last several years, the French Group has been producing cartographies of contemporary political, social and economic systems. The visual analysis of transnational capitalism is based on extensive research and usually is presented in the form of large-sized murals."