Headline Haiku: Shall We…?

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Meet
After Possible Cultural Contact
Ever-Bleaker
Obstacles

Whenever an opportunity appears to incorporate an idea I’ve been thinking about–well, I’m all for it.

Starbucks to the rescue again.

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So:  I wanted to take a crumpled paper and stitch on the folds and see what happened.  Crumple controversial Starbucks ad, smooth it out, embellish with black and white stitching.  More random art….I like it.

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As to the controversy:  I think the desire to talk about race is a sincere one.  And necessary.  But asking baristas to discuss tangled issues with customers already late for work who haven’t yet had their caffeine fix…hmm.  What could go wrong?

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On the other hand, a coffee shop in the Bronx which was part of a Parsons thesis project somehow successfully incorporated the issues of race and class and gentrification into its reason for being.  ( http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/nyregion/before-starbucks-a-south-bronx-cafe-used-coffee-orders-to-talk-about-race.html?emc=edit_ur_20150330&nl=nyregion&nlid=59959181&_r=0 ) Perhaps it’s not a problem best addressed on a corporate level.

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Race.  Where to have this conversation?  How to begin?

At least the Starbucks campaign produced one definite result:  people are talking about talking about it.

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And it gave me a chance to make some art.

art:  crumpled and stitched Starbucks ad from NY times
haiku:  randomly chosen headline words from same section of newspaper

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 “On the clear understanding
that this kind of thing can happen,
Shall we…? (at least) dance?”

invitation courtesy of Rogers and Hammerstein
http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thekingandi/shallwedance.htm

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2 responses to “Headline Haiku: Shall We…?”

  1. createarteveryday says :

    Talking about talking about it is something, at least. Something > nothing. Love the artwork you created, and how it was all “mixed together”. Nice job! Always enjoy your posts.

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