About two weeks ago I was invited to take part on a social project visually supported by Adobe partnering with Lee Hirsch, the director of the documentary “Bully” to produce a work to help spread the word about the movement against bullying in US schools.
The idea was to produce a big mosaic of 16 tiles around the "no-bully"-logo created by 16 artists from around the globe choosen from the behance community. Big thanks for being choosen and being part of the so called "super16" now. The artwork will be "aired" at the Adobe "MAX" in Los Angeles in October and I'm looking forward to add some photos of the event.
My "30-word" artist statement:
Bullying is a variant of racism based on social status driven by group dynamics. The most uneducated are leading a mob of labile followers terrorizing persons not fitting their frame.
An awful social dynamic we all know on the big scale. I visualized the exclusion of the group that makes the terrorized kids tired of living, too young to understand that their fate is caused by the missing courage and/or bad breeding of the mob.
Please check Lee Hirsch's movie-trailer here to get an impression of the situation that is not only localized in US schools.
Visually the tricky part was to deliver the idea within the foregone conclusion of the defined areas. So I sent my favourite squares that fitted delivering my idea:
Then I started to shape the look and gesture of my terror-mob and finally decided to go with poining fingers only to avoid the impression of applause or consent.
My space staging has the impression of a theater to underline the loneliness of the bullied person being at the mercy of the mob:
Here is my first approach, looks good for me standing alone, but thinking about the final placement as one of sixteen tiles with a big viewing distance the black characters melt together to a dark flat surface:
I lit the mob up a little more, added more reflection and increased the size of the bullied person:
Thanks for the opportunity of supporting this important matter. Hope you like it! I cant wait to see the whole mosaic! You can check the work of all invited artists here (these links will be alive not before October 6th)
Thanks for looking!