Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Adding my own loop in solidarity with the interactive art of the Wisconsin protests
One of the things that has most moved me about the protests in Madison has been the evolving artistic creativity that has accompanied them. A lot of it has been displayed in the creative energy of the signs -- both those in the Capitol, and those carried by protesters outside -- in all their amazing diversity. But that's just the beginning.
A lot of the most powerful art here is interactive. The Post It doors are a deeply moving art form. Then there are events like tomorrow's Chalk the Walk. Wherever you look, there are more examples. I saw this installation next to the Wisconsin Historical Museum. It's a map of the state covered with a net of string -- the Wisconsin Wide Web (WWW)? The pail hanging next to it contains pieces of string, with the note, "Add Loop." I added one myself before I left.
I can't think of a better way to symbolize the power of solidarity. The more loops there are, the stronger the web.