Trotsky’s Shoes

Ana Valdés recent seminar emphasized the democratic power of digital media, especially with regard to its ability to spread information in unique ways. Interestingly, she suggested that visual art functions as the primary force in spreading political information; text seems to inhabit a dependent, complimentary role in many contexts. Aside from digital media examples, Valdés supported the greater impact of visual images with an interesting comment about Soviet photographs featuring Trotsky’s shoes (sans Trotsky). Several examples of modern artistic activism were brought up and exhibited. Valdés also discussed the potentially threatening control commercial interests may pose to previously ‘free’ activist projects/websites. Be sure to watch the archived version of her seminar if you missed it.