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Blog Response 3

The three articles,┬áPerforming, Translating, Fashioning┬áby Hogue, Growing Coalition Calls Brooklyn Museum “Out of touch: and Demands Decolonization Commission┬áby Vartanian,┬áand Making–and Governing–Places for Democracy by Brad Lander and Michael Freedman Schnap in my opinion touches upon self transformation. The articles all talk about shaping your behavior to the environment. The article by Hogue talks about the idea of always being under surveillance and being so normally that we don’t even think about it. In hindsight we constantly shape our behavior without paying. He also said that during performances; spectators can fall under the category of the respective group,surveillance; that is only because in hindsight, they are causing the performer to act accordingly.

The other article by Vartanian is touching on staying in touch with self preservation. There is an argument to “Decolonize this place” which is just the idea; that the art about presented to the public, actually hurts the African-American Public. Only because despite the art put out to praise the African-American Community; the community in which we live in is still the same community that claims white-supremacy, population displacement, and the notorious police terror. He also talked about the changes the museums bring to the location it resides in. It partakes in gentrification; which causes the changes in behavior around that area, due to the changes that are happening. It causes displacement, and yet they try to praise the African-Americans by giving them their own exhibit within the museum.

The last article by Land and Schnap talk about self transformation in a sense that our voices matter. Most people are under the circumstances that our voices don’t get out there, because we are voices clashing against the heads of bureaucracy. However our voices do matter; voices when a movement is taking play, and the voices of many come together to bring about a social cause that needs reform. So the constant thought that our voices do not make a difference in the way things can be ran or can changed, does matter. When unified, it can make all the difference.


Blog Response 2

All three readings, touch upon the talk of freedom of speech; better known as the first amendment. In the Fallen Fruit it stretches freedom of speech in a good way. In the neighborhood of Los Angeles, fruit trees grown by people in their respective homes, and they had so much fruit that most was going bad. The author noticed that and began to pick the fruit from the trees that were no doubt rotting and were just going to be thrown away anyway. He then started a map of known fruit trees to spread the word around Los Angeles. It became a thing where 80 or 100 people would walk the streets and pick fruit from trees. This is a positive reinforcement of freedom of speech; where it was allowed to stress your liberty in the sidewalks of Los Angeles.

However the next 2 readings, The Right to the Sidewalk by Caitlin Cahill and Some Unresolved Constiuational Questions┬áby Arthur Eisenberg elaborated┬áthe limitations of the freedom of speech in the areas of New York City. Cahill was showing the limitations in the sidewalks of NYC in colored neighborhoods predominantly. She went on to explain how the City’s police department was targeting people of color, just because they fit the description, as per Cahills example, “Dark Skinned…pants sagging…Latino” This shows the hindering of the liberty because people are targeted just for appearance. It makes the streets of New York unsafe for people to color to express their freedom when they’re hindered. The article by Eisenberg further articulates the idea that freedom of speech is hindered by the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) when they occupied Zuccotti Park. They were exercising their freedom of speech in a private, but yet public park, and they were forced to leave the park by the Police, and if they dared to enter the park would be faced with arrest. The protesters were unable to exercise their freedom of speech and organize in a public spot, because the Police hindered it; thus removing their rights of the first amendment.

Overall all articles stress the exercising of freedom of speech and the freedom of using a public space to however you see fit; within the respect of the law of course. Also how the freedom of public space can be swayed just as easily, because of the color of your skin, or the Police can easily threaten you, just like the protesters of Occupy Wall Street experienced when trying to enter a public space to protest.

Blog 1 Response

Occupying Public Space┬áby Frank and Huang and Golans’ The Office of the People┬ádiscusses the topic of using a public space to form an institution within a public spot. I.E a public park, or in this case Occupy Wall Street they would set up at 60 Wall Street and rally around the clock. This turned Wall Street from a public spot, to an institution without any restrictions or barriers to keep them out, because this was a public spot. People within this spot were able to voice their opinions, and ideas without restrictions. Both readings help articulate the usage and interaction of public spaces. It draws upon the idea the invisible “house” in which a public space can provide; granted how you set it up and use it. Occupy Wall Street is an example of exhibiting this idea. They rallied at Zuccotti Park, which become the meeting spot for the duration of this protest. Both readings in a general sense talk about the use of public spaces, and how you can create a institution within the confines of the public spot, when used correctly.