This work of art falls neatly into what I call the Politics of Performance.
All performance has some kind of political import. Brecht, a Marxist playwright, was famous for saying that all Art is political. It either is subversive of power or it supports the status quo.
I saw this image via Stumble Upon and for purposes of this post refer to it as Patent Leather Oppression. The shiny black shoes are supported by the many individual generic plastic figures underneath. In between a piece of clear glass distributes the weight of the black shod individual across the assembled masses, and prevents any mixing between the two.
Marx would call the black shod individual the Capitalist Oppressor and the figures beneath the Proletariat.
I would call the black shod individual Government, and the figures beneath, We The People.
With everything going on in the world, this song keeps going through my head. The lyrics are explicit, but they match the energy and images of what we are seeing in the streets.
I think it makes a useful counterpoint to the images below from the last two months or so. Press Play and Scroll Down.
As the music keeps playing and the crowd keeps yelling, keep scrolling past the images and you will get a sense of how much trouble we are in.
Fire, Water Burn by The Bloodhound Gang LIVE
Vancouver, BC July 6, 2011
These Canadians were upset over the Canucks loss in the Stanley Cup.
Santiago, Chile August 9, 2011
Students protesting for educational reform in Chile. They want it for free, and to pay for it they demand the nationalization of the Copper Mines. Atlas Shrugs anyone? Where is Francisco d’Anconia when you need him?
London, England August 9, 2011
Riots ensued after a police shooting.
This shows that the rioters were not local, they came in to the riot locatons for the PURPOSE OF RIOTING
Tel Aviv, ISRAEL August 7, 2011
Protests over the high price of housing and cost of living in Israel.
The protests in Israel, Chile and England were all taking place SIMULTANEOUSLY. What are the chances of that? I think something larger is going on here. You be the judge.