Motivation+Aktion: Add Oil Machine
»Stand By You: Add Oil Machine: a spontaneous four-month project by artists Sampson Wong, Jason Lam and friends that strategically projected political writing on key government buildings in Hong Kong.
Together with over 100,000 other protestors, they sought to protest recent electoral reforms by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China and campaign for universal suffrage. Their projection system operated at the intersection of public culture, activism, and urbanism, and re-visualized the symbolic authority of civic sites. Mimicking the dominant tendency to wrap buildings in advertising, they projected more than 40,000 short messages of local support and international solidarity, catalyzing a vast protest site under intense global attention.
In response to the protester’s demands, the Hong Kong government and the Chinese Communist Party strengthened its control of media and educational institutions and escalated its harassment of students, scholars and protesters, quietly subduing oppositional voices and language through administrative and bureaucratic protocols. ›Stand By You: Add Oil Machine‹ can be understood as a linguistic form of resistance to this power and process«.
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Motivation+Aktion ist die Bachelor-Arbeit von Michael Schmitz. In der Arbeit wird versucht Möglichkeiten der politischen Bedeutung des Designs auf theoretischer und praktischer Ebene zu erläutern und aufzuzeigen.