Whatever your position on Donald Trump, it's fair to say that he is a veritable fount of creative inspiration. Back in February, his bluster about building a boundary between Mexico and the US led Diesel Headquarters to launch a campaign called ‘Make love not walls’. Trump’s intolerance was a chance for the brand to mark itself as a supporter of inclusivity in characteristically colourful style. Trump's wall has less meaning in Japan. But the country does have figurative walls of its own, and as Japan is Diesel’s largest market, the company opted to create a fully localized interpretation of the theme. In particular, while Japan is a world leader in terms of fashion and subculture, society as a whole has been slow to open up to the LGBT community. ‘The walls’ urges a removal of the barriers that prevent open expression of love and affection between people of all sexual orientations. Peter Grasse shares.
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Pages From The Book Of Walls: visual & imagined journeys
BY CATHERINE O'BRIEN
@ VOL 1
ON FEB 11, 2016
"Walls may have ears, but they also have stories." Poems reveal themselves in Catherine O'Brien's work, in which images, stories, and physical objects intersect. Catherine is an artist and teacher living in Vientiane who finds hidden stories in what is not clear or even visible, such as the outline of a faded poster on a wall.
Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border
BY WILLIAM HELM
@ VOL 134
ON MAR 18, 2016
"We hope whoever becomes president builds more bridges instead of walls [because] we are sister cities, divided only by the river."
In Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border from PKN Tokyo Vol 134, PechaKucha Night El Paso City Organizers (and acclaimed architects) William Helm and Edgar Lopez describe the symbiotic relationship of the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. The residents of the two cities activate a third space of the US/Mexico border, called "Pass of the North" which produces a rich milieu of creativity, art and culture. In this place which was historically known as "Paso del Norte" along the Spanish road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the two cities have come together to use the PechaKucha conversation to bridge across the border. 20 x 20 x 2 cities = building bridges not walls.
Worlds on Walls
BY VIOLA LIPPMAN
@ VOL 11
ON APR 21, 2016
With Worlds on Walls Viola Lippmann describes her graphic works with different kind of tapes on walls. Sketching her design on the computer she s applying about 300m of tape on one design. Within the presentation she shows to audience the impact of her graphic work in interior spaces, quoting also classics likes space invaders or pac man.