Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…)
Barbara Kruger presented at High Line, a hand-painted mural titled Untitled (Blind Idealism Is…) featuring the slogan “BLIND IDEALISM IS REACTIONARY SCARY DEADLY,” (with REACTIONARY SCARY strikethrough) adapted from Afro-Caribbean philosopher Frantz Fanon. The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side, New York
This work of art enhances publicness. Although there are no ICT involved, Art is a medium. And this located a strong political statement in a public park.
«The original statement by Fanon, “Blind idealism is reactionary,” suggests that political and religious convictions stem from the situations from which they grow, not from the inherent nature of individual human beings. According to Kruger, the work reflects “how we are to one another” within “the days and nights that construct us.” These texts, along with Kruger’s own writings, resonate with particular potency in today’s political climate.» (retrived from High Line project. http://art.thehighline.org/project/barbarakruger/)