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Monday, May 4, 2009

Real Names-Not Games

I would like to point out that many people involved in the April 25th NYSAT project decided to use their real names. In my case, and I believe in theirs, this was a conscious decision and one that reflects the motivations of the project in general.

I believe that physically, and often as a result, visually interacting with your public environment is an important part of being a citizen in any major metropolitan city. Whether it is through a community sponsored mural project, your own desire to adorn the streets, or simply scribble messages, visual interaction with your public space binds you to that environment. It creates ties which perpetuate your existence in that space and therefore your presence. That presence is a sense of pride that results in a committment to that same space. That commitment extends itself not simply to the physical space you occupy but to those individuals who share that space with you.

By using our real names we are asking that you look at us like regular citizens concerned with the health of our shared social spaces. We do not want to hide behind monikers and pseudonyms many have grown accustomed to pre-prescribing guilty of vandalism and criminal mischief. We ask you to engage a dialogue about the way in which our shared public space is used and how it might better be used in the future.

Question: (please leave your comments)

What would your reaction, and possible action be, if NPA brought charges against any of the participants involved the NYSAT project?

(for those unfamiliar with the NYSAT project, a general synopsis can be found [HERE] as well as in many of the posts since 04-26-09)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


These advertising companies are operating illegally. They've trashed the city and as far as I know, it's not illegal to paint on other people's garbage.

If they do bring charges, they'll look horrible in the press because they haven't pursued the real criminals who are making money off those illegal walls for years. I don't think they want that attention.

Blogger readmorebooks said...

Not surprised.

When ad companies start to post on trees or sidewalks, then you may have a claim...Your NYSAT was destruction of private property on two counts...There is nothing 'public' about your beef. If you don't like the color of someone's car, what gives you the right to light it on fire?

Vigilante justice is not a part of our legal system, but protection of private property IS. Frankly, I'd like it to stay that way.

Blogger Unknown said...

I see no difference between your 'art' and what was there before. You have as little right to do what you did as they original people.


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