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Chris Anderson

Curator, TED


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How will you take part in JR's TED Prize wish?

First, if you haven't seen it yet, watch the amazing TED Prize speech given by French street artist JR. He's initiating a spectacular global art project that anyone can participate in. But how? This is up to the creative imagination of people around the world.
- Is there an amazing "invisible person" you know of, whose portrait should be shared with the world?
- Is there a tough issue you'd like to stand up for in public with your own portrait?
- Can you imagine energizing a local community around either of these?
- Can you imagine finding a spectacular local site to post giant portraits?
- Other thoughts? (You may spark something for someone else!)

Topics: TED Prize art

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    Apr 20 2011: We are hoping to poster both side of the border in Nogales. This is a city in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico that is divided by a wall. We're also doing a project in Tucson. Its clear that the images are about the power of individuals, and have very little to do with the artist or the people who make up the project team so I would have to strongly disagree with Clay Blasdel's comment above. If you watch the documentary and see the transformation of the Favela in Rio, you see the power of this idea, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the artist's ego and everything to do with compassion.

    I think it is also very important to introduce the idea to the people who are going to be subjects and are going to take the pictures as a way of offering them an opportunity to tell their story, from their perspective. As the image is meant to be limited to a person's face, this conversation becomes simpler and the impact more powerful.

    In Tucson, the idea of Inside Out is to help our community heal after the violence earlier this year, and show our inner strength, the images of people letting their feelings (held inside) out (released). Art has always been a way for the artist to make love with strangers. If you love your community and love people, this is way to document the ineffable light shining from us all.

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