responding to “Disciplining the Avant Garde” By Gregory Scholette

“The times were dark, why were their poets silent?”


“Discipling the Avant Garde” reminded us about the openness that was annihilated during the Bush era. Come to think of it, it was a very oppressive and scary time! I can’t believe that people were actually arrested for creating anti Bush statements? This article also discussed contemoprary visual culture in Ireland. When I lived in Ireland in 2007, I was lucky enough to visit Belfast, in Northern Ireland, which has a very violent political history. In Belfast, I saw political murals discussed in this article, which were quite beautiful but they were definitely creepy and damning.

For instance, I remember seeing murals that reminded people that babies could be killed in car bombings so don’t bomb your car.

These are some pictures I took of the murals I saw:

This is the famous mural of Bobby Sandy, an Irish activist who starved himself in jail to make his point.