Creativity and Social Transformation, 2/2013
1.) "The Kiss' Seen Around the World: Syrian Klimt Street Art Sendup Goes Viral" by Yasha Wallin: Click here to read: "In Syria, more than 50,000 people have been killed since protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime erupted in March 2011. In response to the devastation in his country, Damascus-born artist Tammam Azzam has created the body of work, Syrian Museum, which originally showed at Ayyam Gallery in Dubai. His latest image that explores the ongoing conflict is an incredible reimagining of "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt, superimposed onto a war-torn building."
2.) "4 Things Obama Could Do To Foster America’s Creativity" by Bruce Nussbaum: Click here to read: "When President Barack Obama takes the stage on Tuesday night to deliver his State of the Union address, he’ll attempt to take the pulse of the nation and prescribe a cure. His message is going to focus on the economy and helping the middle class. But his prescriptions, as leaked to the media, appear to be standard political fare--boost R&D, build infrastructure, more clean energy, and better schools."
3.) "Put a Face on It" by Anne Deveare Smith: Click here to read: "An unusual number of films nominated for Oscars this year deal with real people, real histories, and real dilemmas. Artists brought the tools of big screen virtuosity, humor, beauty and sometimes brutality to images fished from the real world. At the same time, critics and members of the casual public asked that filmmakers be guardians of fact and responsible for the impact of their fiction. Interestingly, this movement dovetailed into calls for Hollywood to speak up about its role in gun violence."