cityblogging

after yesterday’s extremely depressing and upsetting morning news i went running (which is always a sensible thing when you don’t know what to do and/or are angry). during that run i was thinking what to do about the whole situation and finally came up with something that seemed like a sensible idea:

in the last two weeks mazen kerbaj’s drawings have been one of the strongest most vivid expressions of the whole mess that is unfolding in lebanon that i came across (to the extend that i am dissapointed every time i wake up and there are no new ones) . now what are drawings if not posters-in-waiting that can easily been printed out and stuck against the walls of the city? clearly one only has to print them out, copy them a couple of times, get wallpaper-glue and head out into the night (ok, first wait some 10 hours for night). so i spend some of sunday night sticking a4 sized mini-posters all over the walls of my neighborhood (the pijp) in amsterdam.

after 19 days i started to cry ...

more pictures taken on monday morning before going to work on my flickr account.

yesterday evening i did a second round (around Leidseplein in the center), and i am planning to continue for the next couple of nights. hopefully these relatively small posters will catch some eyeballs and make more people think and start expressing their outrage.

apart from the obvious advantage of making me feel like i am doing something about the situation, i also like this little action on a symbolic level. it feels like translating a blog (something normally contained to the internets) into something that is part of the urban fabric. i like the idea of images leaking from my screen into the streets of amsterdam and would probably be even more beautiful if people in other cities started doing the same… (in case you feel like it here are a4-sized printable versions of some of mazen’s drawings)

update [5 august]: here are more pdf files with newer drawings, which i used yesterday night.

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8 Responses to “cityblogging”

  1. merijn Says:

    I am living in the pijp too, and strange enough i didn’t notice mazen’s drawings yet, while i am looking at them every day at KERBLOG. however, i think it is a very good idea, and I am planning to do the same, or maybe we can get some people together to spread it al over the city…..

  2. Μαύρος Γάτος Says:

    I feel the same anger and helplessness. I like what you are doing, I posted the same drawing by Mazen on my blog days ago, but is it any good? Our governments are still playing with diplomacy. And the war goes on.

    I am not at all optimistic.

    Mavros Gatos, Greece

  3. dana Says:

    great idea….i’m on it here in california

  4. FlashingJesus Says:

    I used to live on Tweede Jan Steenstraat and I love the idea of Mazen’s art being plastered all over your great city. I will do it in Sydney also.

  5. Paul Kelly Says:

    Printing and posting is a great idea. I’ll do what I can. I want to get more musicians aware, I found out about mazen via Michael Zerang and I passed info to Sun City Girls who are 2/3 Lebanese.
    Also very spooky that we have nearly the same name.
    best PK

  6. paul keller Says:

    thanks for all the reactions. i have just posted some more pdf files. still doing my nightly rounds in amsterdam almost every night. have been around rembradplein / uetrechtsestraat yesterday night. most of the posters dissapear quite quicklt as other posters are stuck over them, but they obviously also offend quite a few people as i have seen a number of them having been torn down deliberately. seems like there are lots of sick people out there. take care everybody… paul

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