David Bihanic, designer-researcher

#JecrisTonNom

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris — these are moments of bewilderment/of astonishment mingled with fear — gives way to a period of trouble/deep disorientation where a hubbub of various languages and cultures starts to take shape (discordant/dissenting voices come from around the world) which begets fear and anxiety (referring to many interfering noises that create a false sense of renewed peace): a confusing mixture of calls to unity of the peoples (in favor to a spirit of universal brotherhood), messages of tolerance and respect for others, impassioned appeals promoting the struggle against racism and religious discrimination, but also of many words of people who espouse hatred, of threats of attack, retaliation and revenge…

Yesterday, terror and emotion have made place for the prayer and withdrawal (national mourning). After those saddest days, the French population is now engulfed in a profound trauma. In order to escape a painful silence, to not slide into sadness and despair (far astray) and so not perish in its depths, let us create images, impressions and sensations that have an inherent poetry. — I personally firmly believe that art can save humanity.

Text in french

Les attentats commis à Paris début janvier 2015 ayant fait 17 morts – moment d’effarement, de stupeur mêlée d’épouvante pour nous tous – laisse place à une période de trouble, de désorientation profonde d’où s’échappent des bruits/d’où se forme un brouhaha indistinct (voix discordantes) et d’où s’exhalent également la peur et l’angoisse (celles que ressentent notamment les français de confession juive et musulmane) : appel à l’unité/soutien fraternel, messages de tolérance/d’espoir, propos s’élevant contre toute forme d’amalgames mais également des mots de vengeance, des menaces proférées à l’encontre des politiques tout comme des communautés religieuses.

A la terreur, l’émotion succédait hier le recueillement (deuil national). Au sortir de ces instants funestes, c’est aujourd’hui l’écœurement et la désolation qui nous gagnent. Devant l’impossibilité de contenir toutes ces voix qui s’élèvent, tout comme de faire la somme des idées/visions/croyances, faisons la part belle aux images, aux impressions, aux expressions créatives, aux dispositifs de ‘monstration/de révélation’ qui, s’ils ne nous aident véritablement à dépeindre/saisir justement le monde, nous arracheront du silence et nous sauveront peut-être de l’égarement.

#JecrisTonNom, a net art-piece

Discover a piece of net art that proposes not just to compare all tweets tagged “JeSuisCharlie” and “JeNeSuisPasCharlie”, but rather to reveal the politico-religious confusions, the ideological preconceptions (as well as the unsubstantiated opinions), and all sort of disconnected phrases or dissonant bits. In this way we clearly understand that this is not a simple polarized/manichean debate: “to be or not to be Charlie”!

URL: http://davidbihanic.com/jecristonnom/

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