Occupy Wall Street: A “Work of Art”

An article by Eve Ensler, Reader Supported News
11 October 10

The occupy movement began mid year and has persisted with varying enthusiasm across many parts of the world. It can be seen in the light of belonging: as a protest movement or as a sign of disenfranchisement. The 99% evokes the silent majority which politicians have called upon in former times, the people power of the Philippines in the waning Marcos era and the more recent events of the Arab Spring.

Eve Ensler’s article describes her visit to the occupation and also quotes a variety of participants she met.

This is how Ensler interprets what she sees:

Occupy Wall Street is a work of art, exploding onto a canvas in search of form, in search of an image, a vision.

In a culture obsessed with product, the process of creation is almost unbearable. Nothing is more threatening than the moment, the living breathing ambiguity of now. We have been trained to name things, own things, brand things and in doing so control and consume them. Well, the genius of Occupy Wall Street is that so far it is not brandable and that’s what makes its potential so daunting, so far reaching, so inclusive, and so dangerous. It cannot be defined and so it cannot be sold, as a sound bite or a political party or even a thing. It can’t be summed up and dismissed.

This is a very articulate opinion piece about Occupy Wall Street which describes it as a community, and a movement to be celebrated. Since this was written there has been much more written, spoken and filmed which could be worth exploring for a variety of views and interpretations.


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