November 3rd, 2009

Vive la crise!

Posted in Art and Design, Canada, Public Space, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf

Vive la crise

Montreal doesn’t seem to have been hit terribly hard by this latest crise économique, maybe because it has spent most of the recent past recovering from a string of much more substantial crises. At the very least, it has given us a break from the excesses of the previous years, a time to reflect on what had been going on. Some of the economic victims of the crisis, like the misguided Griffintown redevelopment project, are better off dead.

In any case, I enjoyed seeing the Berlin-based French artist SP-38‘s “Vive la crise!” posters around town. (He’s also responsible for an earlier spate of posters that read “Vive la bourgeoisie!” and “Vive la poésie!”) It’s a childish, contrarian exclamation, but it rings true to our instincts that the current season of change and contemplation is maybe, in some ways, a bit better than the blind exuberance of before.

Vive la crise

Vive la crise

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  1. bruno boutot says:

    Ha! Merci Christopher!
    J’avais trouvé un INSTIN, un avion bleu et quelques crises mais je me demandais qui c’était.

    Et merci SP38!

    November 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 pm