1/2/11

Oscar Grant Dollars

The Oscar Grant Dollars were inspired, in part, by British suffragettes who stamped the words 'votes for women' into pennies during the the early 1900s. Of course, the chief motivation behind this project was Mr. Grant's death at the hands of a BART police officer two years ago.


The benefits of money as a medium: it's valued and widely circulated; people aren't likely to throw it away. They're likely to spend it, spreading the message. As for this technique: it's peaceful and anyone with a dollar and a sharpie can join in.

Money is one of the oldest forms of mass-produced propaganda. (A utilitarian tool would look as plain as Monopoly money.) If you want to send a message to the state, why not borrow the state's megaphone?

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On a related note, TURF FEINZ and YAK films recently released this mesmerizing video. I especially like the slow-mo puddle jumps toward the end.

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