As Israel continues its illegal land grab of Palestinian territory, by caging in the West Bank, the controversial barrier wall has become more than just oppressive concrete slabs to some; it’s become an easel for various artists. Two Palestinians have come together to put a new spin on rendering the wall into an art form, by starting an organization called send.a.message, whereby you can pay them (online) to spray paint whatever message you want on the wall. It’s only $45 (JD32) and it goes towards supporting micro-projects for all the Palestinian businesses hurt by the wall, mostly in Ramallah where their first partner-projects are.
The idea is simply stellar and I’ve already placed an order for a message. It’s indicative of how in even the most oppressive conditions, ingenuity can be a savior. It’s also interesting to note that this whole concept of non-resistance is in actuality, a merging of both the virtual and real worlds. Think about it. The project itself is based on a website, where digital words are translated to actual words on a real wall, then transfered back in the form of a digital picture.
Moreover, the project depends mostly on word-of-net; or in other words, just how much coverage they get in new media, be it in the form of Facebook, blogs, or even text-messaging. It’s a really interesting case study for students of new media who have a political itch to scratch.
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