To Be Seen
Alice Arnold • 26m
Directed by Alice Arnold • Documentary • 2005 • 30 minutes
TO BE SEEN is a study of visual culture, of urban culture and an exploration of an age-old urban cultural phenomenon, street art.
The subculture of street art is significant because it is an embodiment of subversive content, which is rare in today's culture of consumerism and political amnesia. It functions as a way of 'taking back the streets,' when public spaces are increasingly privatized-through security cameras, Business Improvement Districts, and the profusion of corporate marketing.
"In the spectacle of a perpetual mass mediation, here is the coded language of community that works secretly outside of our blindered consumerism. If you think these kids are criminals, watch this movie to hear the true eloquence and intelligence of their discontent."—Paper Magazine